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City Charter

  • The City’s Charter establishes the framework for how the Gresham City government operates.  Gresham’s City Charter was adopted on May 2, 1978. Pursuant to Section 45A of the Charter, any measure which proposes to amend, repeal or replace the Charter shall take effect only if it is approved by at least 60 percent of the electors casting votes for or against such measure.

    The City Charter has been revised ten times since its adoption in 1978.  

    Charter Review Committee 

    Pursuant to Section 45B of the Charter, the Gresham City Council shall appoint a Charter Review Committee (CRC) to review the current language of the City's Charter every eight years. The CRC will make a recommendation to Council in the form of a final report. If the CRC recommends that the Charter be amended, it will forward the proposed amendments to the Council for review. Council may decide to place one or more of the CRC’s recommended changes on the ballot.

    The City is currently recruiting for a new Charter Review Committee which will consist of 14 members. The Mayor and each Councilor will nominate two members to serve on the Charter Review Committee, subject to the consent of Council.

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