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City's Charter Under Review, Time for Public Input is Now

The commission is working to write a set of recommended changes in time for placement on the Nov. ballot.

Perhaps the most important document filed in Newport City Hall is the city charter, which sets the foundation for the structure of government, the role of city officials and how the needs and priorities of the city are addressed.

The Newport Charter Review Commission is in the process of reviewing the charter and on Wednesday, the public has a chance to weigh in.

According to the agenda, the commission is particularly interested  in the following issues:

  • How the mayor is elected.
  • Whether to eliminate wards and have all City Councilors serve at-large.
  • Term limits and staggered terms
  • Elected vs. appointed School Committee
  • Roles of mayor and city manager
  • How boards and commissions function
The commission will present the proposed changes to the charter to the City Council in the upcoming months with an eye towards getting the proposed changes in place to be on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.

You can review the current charter at the City Clerk's office or on the city's Web site at www.cityofnewport.com. Look for "codified ordinances."

You can also email the commission at newportcharterreview@cityofnewport.com

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the assembly room of the Newport Police Station, 1200 Broadway.
frank macedo March 04, 2014 at 08:47 AM
most votes equal mayor, 2 term max that way we wont have the 3 jaclasses running the show no-more, if you don,t watch out for Newport citizens backs instead of their rich flunky friend interests you get automatically fired
George Costanza March 04, 2014 at 09:47 AM
The Mayor, City Manager, all council members, and all school committee members should be elected at large. Its amazingly undemocratic that we have an appointed school committee

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