Knowledgebase-Amending Private Act and Home Rule Municipal Charters


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Title:Amending Private Act and Home Rule Municipal Charters
Summary:MTAS management and legal consultants are often requested to assist municipal governments in amending their private act and home rule charters. In an effort to provide recommended and up-to-date charter provisions, the staff of MTAS has developed three model charters.
Original Author:Darden, Ron
Co-Author:Hemsley, Sid; Ashburn, Melissa; Allen, Stephanie; Jaeckel, Gary; Angerer, David; Thompson, Steve
Product Create Date:05/08/2012
Last Reviewed on::05/30/2012
Subject:Charters--Model; Charters--City--Tennessee
Type:General
Original Document: MTAS Model Charter City Administrator as Chief Executive.pdfMTAS Model Charter Mayor as Chief Executive.pdfMTAS Model Charter City Manager as Chief Executive.pdf

Reference Documents: MTAS Model Charter City Administrator as Chief Executive.docxMTAS Model Charter Mayor as Chief Executive.docxMTAS Model Charter City Manager as Chief Executive.docx

Text of Document: Amending Private Act and Home Rule Municipal Charters
By Ron Darden, Municipal Management Consultant

MTAS management and legal consultants are often requested to assist municipal governments in amending their private act and home rule charters. In an effort to provide recommended and up to date charter provisions the staff of MTAS has developed three model charters:
    a. A charter with the mayor serving as chief administrative officer, with veto power;
    b. A charter with the city manager serving as chief administrative officer; and
    c. A charter with the city administrator serving as chief administrative officer.

While the MTAS Model Charters are not to be confused with the TCA General Law Model Charters, municipal governments considering updating charter provisions may want to consider these model charter provisions.

The research required for the development of these model charters has included a national review of municipal charter provisions, including the National Civic League’s Model Charter, and an extensive peer-review process. This work has resulted in the development of three model charters that private act and home-rule chartered cities may consider adopting by amendment in whole or in part. The suggested model charters include specific sections that clarify roles and responsibilities of the elected and appointed officials in the city, under each form of government.

The following MTAS consultants and staff contributed to the development of the MTAS Model Charters: Sid Hemsley, Senior Legal Consultant; Melissa Ashburn, Legal Consultant, Stephanie Allen, Legal Consultant; Gary Jaeckel, Municipal Management Consultant; David Angerer, Municipal Management Consultant; Ron Darden, Municipal Management Consultant, and MTAS Executive Director Steve Thompson.