Whatcom County Charter Review Commission
Every 10 years, citizens of the county have an opportunity to serve on the Charter Review Commission pursuant to provisions in Article 8 of the Whatcom County Home Rule Charter. Interested individuals file for one of the fifteen positions that are available, five from each Council district. There is no filing fee and there is no primary. All candidates are placed on the general election ballot and qualified voters from the respective districts vote only for candidates from their district. The top five vote getters from each district are considered elected to the Commission.
According to the charter, the Commission shall review the Charter to determine “its adequacy and suitability to the needs of the county and may propose amendments.” The Commission meets to discuss any proposed amendments and puts forward any adopted proposals to the voters at the next general election.
The term of office is one year. There is no salary for serving on the Commission but members may be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. The Commission, once constituted, will meet on a schedule they will determine.