At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.
In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce County voters will elect a Charter Review Commission this fall that will spend approximately six months considering any proposed changes to the County Charter. Changes recommended by a majority of the commission will be considered by voters in 2016.
The 21-member citizen commission will include three members from each of Pierce County's seven Council districts. If more than two people file for a seat, that race will appear on the Aug. 4 primary ballot. All races will be decided in the Nov. 3 general election.
Potential candidates must:
- Be residents of Pierce County for the past five years.
- Reside in the council district of the position for which they are filing.
- Be a registered voter.
Filing will take place with the Pierce County Auditor between May 11-15, and the deadline to submit voters’ pamphlet information is May 22 at 4:30 p.m. Charter review commissioners are nonpartisan positions and are governed by the rules for nonpartisan elections.
Similar to a federal or state constitution, a county charter is a basic document of law defining the rights, liabilities and responsibilities of government. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office has compiled a Charter Review Commission Fact Sheet which is available at their website.
To view the Pierce County Charter and Code online, please visit the county’s website.
Erich R. Ebel, Pierce County Communications