Speaker Michael Ward, Director of Municipal Services at the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, on the role of a charter commission, plus candidates for the Amherst charter commission that will be formed if the ballot question passes. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Amherst.
The Charter Commission, elected in 2016, is meeting to prepare a written document which establishes and defines the structure of the government for Amherst. This document, called a Charter, may create local offices, distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices, and may establish and define certain procedures to be followed. Our work must be completed within 18 months of our election, and when completed, the final recommended Charter is submitted to the voters. If approved by the voters, the Charter would serve as Amherst's "constitution".