Charter Commission

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The Charter Commission updates the City's Charter, a legal document that establishes a basic framework of law within the City. The Charter Commission engages in the following: develops a strategy for revising the charter; proposes, reviews and studies proposed changes or modifications to the charter; gathers community and City officials' input on the proposed, updated charter; and, submits the charter for review by the Governor's office, including the Attorney General's office for legal compliance. Once approved by the Governor's office, the City Charter will be returned to the ballot for the public to vote on before becoming law.

The nine member board made up of City residents elected in August 2016 to serve a three-year term.

For more information about the Charter Commission, contact Gregory Newman, City Clerk at or by calling (517) 622-7920. Agendas, meeting packets, and minutes are available online.

Former Charter Commission Board Members Term Expires
Lyle S. Clark 2019
Michael Coll 2019
Sheila R. Deming 2019
Robert E. Doty 2019
Sandra J. Keller 2019
Lynne MacDowell 2019
Jason Barclay 2019
Alan Miller 2019
Michael Moyes 2019

Former Charter Commissioners (L-R, clockwise)

Sandra J. Keller, Michael Coll, Alan Miller, Michael Moyes, Lyle S. Clark, Jason Barclay, Lynne MacDowell, Robert E. Doty, and Sheila R. Deming

Charter Revision Timeline 2015-2019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To review the Charter Commission's current FAQ, click here.

Resolutions & Additional Documents

Resolution #002 - Propose a General Revision of the City Charter click here.

Resolution #003 - Call for the Election of a Charter Commission click here.

Resolution #028 - Place the Charter Proposition on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 Ballot click here.

Governor's Approval Letter click here.

Submit Public Comments

Public comment on the revised charter document can be provided via email:

Email - Submit your comments via email to