Frederick County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure in yesterday’s election to change from a commissioner form of government to charter. These efforts, which started in 1991, were supported by 62% of Frederick’s voters. As reported by the Frederick News Post:
“We did it,” Ken Coffey, chairman of the charter-writing board, said in a phone interview. “This is an exciting and historic moment for the people of Frederick County.”
The charter calls for a seven-member county council and an executive to run the day-to-day operations. Five of the council members will serve in districts and two will be at-large representatives.
A key difference this year appeared to be the amount of outreach by both sides on the issue.
The board tasked with drafting the 25-page charter sought public comment before, during and after the writing process.
The county will now begin preparing for this structural change which will occur during the 2014 election cycle.
Starting Dec. 1, 2014, the new council and executive will take office — making Frederick County the latest in the state to move to this form of government.
Information on Frederick County’s transition from a commission form of government to charter can be found on the county’s website. Additional information can also be found on Conduit Street and the Frederick News Post. The Frederick News Post began a series in October on the history of these efforts.