Charter Revision Commission

Every ten years, the Annapolis City Council appoints a City Charter Revision Commission per City Code and tasks its members with 1) independently examining everything the City Charter cover, including election procedures, land-use policy, finance, and city administration processes and 2) make specific recommendations for Charter revisions to City Council, who will then adopt or reject the proposals as they deem appropriate.  (Insert Charter link).

The current Commission was established by the Council on January 11, 2021 with the directive to submit an interim report in mid-July and a final report by September 13, 2021. All nine commissioners are City residents who possess a wide range of backgrounds and governmental experience.  

According to Commission Chair Andrew Haire, “The Commission will look at the Charter with fresh eyes; the Commission plans to perform an exhaustive review of the Charter.  Our goal is to find ways to make improvements to the Charter that will enable the City government to work most efficiently.”

The Commission meets on the 1st Thursday and the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. is actively seeking comments from the community. Public comments can be submitted online prior to virtual Commission meetings with an option give live virtual testimony at the meeting by completing the form found at (insert web form link).  Comments can also be sent to the Commission at crcannapolis@gmail.com

 Meeting dates:

‐   Thursday 6th May                  Thursday 1st July                                     Thursday 2nd September

‐   Tuesday 18th May                  Tuesday 20th July

‐   Thursday 3rd June                  Thursday 5th July

‐   Tuesday 15th June                 Tuesday 17th September

Annapolis Charter:  Article IX, Section 10. - Charter revision commission.

In January following the year in which the decennial census of the population of the United States is conducted, the city council by resolution shall appoint a commission for the purpose of making a comprehensive study of the government of the city. The commission shall be composed of at least five (5) but no more than nine (9) residents of the city. Other findings and recommendations together with drafts of revisions to the Charter and City Code shall be formally submitted no later than six (6) months after its appointment. Any standing committee to which the commission's report is referred shall act upon the report in full within six (6) months of the date upon which the report is introduced to the city council. The city council shall appropriate sufficient funds for the commission to fulfill its duties and responsibilities.

Membership

Members Appointment Date Expiration Date
Andrew "Andy" Haire, Chair 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Paul W. Rankin, Vice Chair 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Eileen Leahy, Secretary 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Benjamin Mednick, Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Jeffrey Durand, Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Lawrence L. Harris Jr. Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Minor Carter, Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Robert Tufts, Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Ron Schneider, Member 1/11/2021 9/13/2021
Teekia Green, Staff Liaison    
Jacqueline Lee, Legislative Analyst