In 1978, voters elected to approve a home rule charter to govern Whatcom County. At least every 10 years after the adoption of the charter, a 15-member Charter Review Commission is elected to:
- Review the charter to determine its adequacy and suitability to the needs of the county,
- Review the existing structure of government,
- Evaluate possible changes,
- Provide a forum for public input, and
- Enhance government efficiency
The Commission may propose amendments to the Charter, make recommendations to the County Council, and publish its findings.
Election of Commissioners
Whatcom County Home Rule Charter Section 8.11
"The Commission shall consist of fifteen (15) persons, an equal number from each Council district. There shall be no filing fee nor shall there be a primary. The qualified voters of the respective districts shall vote only for candidates from their district at the general election. Candidates' names shall appear on all ballots as drawn by lot. The member of the Commission who receives the greatest number of votes shall convene the Commission. The term of office shall be one year."
Please see the website for the Whatcom County Auditor, Elections Division for instructions on filing for election in 2014.
The Charter Review Commission will hold regularly scheduled meetings until it makes its recommendations to the Whatcom County Council Office in July 2015. Special meetings on other days may be scheduled as needed.
Whatcom County Home Rule Charter, Section 8.21
“The Commission may propose amendments to the Charter by filing such proposed amendments with the County Council who shall submit the amendment to the voters at the next November general election at least ninety (90) days after the filing and registration of the amendments.”
Whatcom County Home Rule Charter, Section 8.11
“The Commission shall meet at such times and in such places as it deems appropriate upon having given public notice. ”
The Charter Review Commission is subject to Open Public Meetings Act requirements. All regularly scheduled and special commission meetings will be open to the public.