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The county will hold a public hearing on possible revisions to the county’s charter at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

The charter is the legal basis for county government. Current law calls for an 11-member Charter Review Commission to be appointed every four years to consider possible amendments to the charter. The CRC’s next report is due to the county council in May 2018.

Current amendments to the charter that are being considered include changing the number of council districts and at-large seats, changing the way the CRC is selected, and allowing voters to directly elect the council president, who would serve a four-year term.

Hearing participants may testify on any of these possible changes or raise other charter-related issues. Any recommendations for charter amendments would be considered by county voters.

In the 2016 elections, voters were asked to consider three charter amendments, all of which were approved:

  • To allow the County Council to fill a vacancy in the office of the county executive by special election.
  • To limit the county executive and County Council members to three consecutive terms in office.
  • and that service of a term is defined as completing a full term and also partially completing a full term
  • To amend the county charter to define partial service of a full term for either a council member or the county executive to mean service of more than two years of a term.

The hearing will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room. To sign up to speak at the hearing, residents can call 240-777-7928 or submit a request via email.    

Suggestions and comments also can be submitted to the Charter Review Commission in writing at Charter Review Commission, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Avenue, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 or via email.

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Commission to hold hearing on possible charter revisions

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Commission to hold hearing on possible charter revisions

Commission to hold hearing on possible charter revisions

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