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City Charter

  • City charter

    History of changes

    The City charter was adopted on May 2, 1978. The City charter may only be amended, repealed or replaced if at least 60% of those voting pass a ballot measure to approve the changes. 

    The City charter has been revised nine times since its adoption in 1978. 

    Charter Review Committee

    Pursuant to Section 45B of the charter, Gresham City Council will appoint a charter review committee to review the current language of the City's charter every eight years. 

    A charter review committee was appointed by Council on Dec. 17, 2019.

    Committee priority list for Charter review

    • High Priority
    • Medium Priority
    • Low Priority
    High Priority

    7. City Council

    8. Councilors

    Auditor (add 21B)

    Term Limits

    Campaign Finance (add to Chapter VI - Elections)

    Primary Elections

    Medium Priority

    9. Mayor

    10. Compensation

    11. Qualifications for Council

    17. President of the Council

    21. Judges, Powers, Procedures

    42B. Budget Committee

    45A. Charter Amendments

    Low Priority

    9A. Citizen Involvement

    12. Meetings

    13. Quorum

    16. Mayor's Functions at City Council Meetings

    19. Mayor

    20. City Manager

    31. Office Vacancies

    32. Filling of Vacancies

    34. Mode of Enactment

    37. Improvements

    46. Recall

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