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Mayor names charter review committee

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt speaks during a press conference before a hard hat tour of construction at the First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The First Americans Museum (FAM) formerly known as the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is set to open in the Spring of 2021.    [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt speaks during a press conference before a hard hat tour of construction at the First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The First Americans Museum (FAM) formerly known as the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is set to open in the Spring of 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Councilman Mark Stonecipher and Sharon Vorhees 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.

Other members of the Charter Update Committee 2020 are Vorhees, Leslie Batchelor, Ward 2 Councilman James Cooper, Miriam Campos, Stanley Evans, and S. Rachel Pappy.

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 mayor@okc.gov or reach Stonecipher at ward8@okc.gov.

The city council will consider placing recommended changes on the November general election ballot, Holt said.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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