Oklahoma City mayor names charter review committee
Councilman Mark Stonecipher and Sharon Voorhees will co-chair a seven-member committee to review the Oklahoma City charter and recommend amendments.
Voters ultimately would decide on changes.
Mayor David Holt announced this week on Twitter that he had named committee members.
Stonecipher is the Ward 8 councilman and an attorney, and served on the last charter review panel.
Voorhees also is an attorney, and was a special municipal judge for the city from 1999 through 2017, according to her firm's website.
Other members of the Charter Update Committee 2020 are Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper, Miriam Campos, Stanley Evans, S. Rachel Pappy, and Leslie Batchelor of the Center for Economic Development Law.
As the city council considered referring several charter amendments to voters last spring, Holt said he would appoint a panel to undertake a broader review.
The charter effectively serves as the municipal constitution. Holt called it the city’s "foundational governing document."
It delineates powers reserved to city government, such as authority to condemn property for public purposes and levy taxes.
"It is necessary to review it occasionally and update it," Holt said on Twitter. "We last did so a decade ago."
Holt invited the public to suggest charter changes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach Stonecipher at email@example.com.
The city council will consider placing recommended changes on the November general election ballot, Holt said.