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Gladys Bratton
Lenny Cacchio
Brad Cox
Michael Dayton
Paula Derks
Jim Devine
Fred DeMoro
Jose Ruiz
Terry Trafton
Ron Williams

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Charter Review Commission

City Charter | 2017 Final Report

Summary

The Charter Review Commission provides citizens an opportunity to directly participate in shaping the Charter to meet the City’s needs in such areas as public services, efficiency of resources, effective local democracy and the aspirations of the City as a whole. 

Per Section 14.8 of the Charter, the City Council adopted 15-17 on November 19, 2015, that the 2016 Charter Review Commission was to be comprised of 12 citizens, with each of the eight councilmembers on the City Council nominating one person to serve on the Commission and the remaining four members of the Commission to be nominated by the two councilmembers from each of the four districts.

Role

The Charter Review Commission was established for the purpose of reviewing the Charter for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to determine whether or not the Charter will adequately serve the community into the future and to report to the voters as many amendments to the Charter as the Commission deems advisable.

  • Elect a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson among the members.  The Vice-Chairperson shall assume the powers and duties of the Chairperson during the absence or disability of the Chairperson.  The Chairperson shall possess the power to vote on all matters before the Commission. 

  • Within twelve months of the first meeting, the Charter Review Commission must report to the voters as many amendments to the Charter as deemed advisable.  Upon completion of the Report, the Commission shall file a copy with the City Clerk. 

  • Commission members will educate the community about the proposed amendments prior to the election, including the reasons for the recommendations to amend the City Charter.  

  • The procedures of the Commission are to be governed by Roberts Rules of Order.

  • The Charter Review Commission will be discharged of its duties and dissolved upon the date of the election on any proposed amendments. 

  • Any proposed amendments to the Charter shall be placed before the voters on April 4, 2017.

Meetings

Meetings have concluded.  Visit the Legislative Information Center and choose the "Committees, Boards and Commissions" tab and select "Charter Review Commission" for upcoming meeting agendas or past meeting minutes.

View Complete list of the Charter's past meeting schedule. 

 

History

Charter Review Commission of 2006-07 | 2007 Charter Review 

The Commission, made up of three Commissioners from each of the City’s four Council districts, began meeting in July of 2006. Two public forums were held to gather initial public comment input and suggestions. There after, they met twice a month to receive additional testimony, review the Charter, and deliberate on various suggested changes. In the end the Charter Review Commission proposed six separate recommendations, each were placed on the November 2007 ballot and submitted to the voters.  All six proposals passed.

The first recommendation will brought the Charter into conformance with certain state laws and administrative procedures. The second recommendation presented a number of operational changes that added clarity to the language of the charter and enhance city governance and operations. The third recommendation will provided for the office of the Mayor Pro-Tempore to appoint City Council committees and City Council liaisons to City boards and commissions instead of the Office of the Mayor. The fourth recommendation set term limits for both the office of the Mayor and the office of the City Councilmembers. The fifth recommendation included minor changes to the procedures for initiatives, referendums, and recalls to provide greater clarity to the process. And, the sixth recommendation provides for a statement of cause for the recall of a City elected official be placed at the top and bottom of each petition form.