Tacoma City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that helps kick-start the city’s once-a-decade charter review.
The resolution outlines how the 15 members of the city’s charter review commission will be selected. The commission will be charged with proposing changes to the charter — the city’s 60-year-old governing document — before a May 2014 deadline.
The last charter review commission, which met in 2004, forwarded 23 proposed charter amendments to the City Council. The council put 11 of them on the ballot, and voters approved them all.
Among those changes: the ability to recall all elected city officials, not just City Council members; the requirement for an annual performance review of the city manager and a public vote every two years on whether to reconfirm the manager’s appointment; and the clarification of rules regarding conflict of interest for city employees and elected officials.
The city began internal preparations for the latest charter review in September, Mayor Marilyn Strickland has said.
The mayor and each of eight council members will recommend one member. The remaining six members will be recommended by the city’s Government Performance and Finance committee, which includes the mayor and four council members.
Applicants need not be Tacoma residents, but they are preferred, Strickland said.
The deadline to apply for the charter review commission is Dec. 4. Applications are at cityoftacoma.org/cbc. Those with questions can call the Tacoma City Clerk’s office at 253-591-5505.
Commission members will be appointed in January.Kate Martin: 253-597-8542 kate.martin@ thenewstribune.com @KateReports