In March 2019, Gainesville voters approved the creation of a Charter Review Commission to create a regularly established process for reviewing and placing a charter amendments on the ballot. The Charter Review Commission will be assembled once a decade to engage with the public and create a list of potential changes to the city charter.
At its May 16, 2019 meeting, the City Commission appointed 11 members to serve on the Charter Review Commission (CRC) from a pool of applicants. The following were selected to serve: Walter Barry, Richard Blount, Susan Bottcher, Jorge Campos, Cynthia Chestnut, Robert Cohen, Crystal Goodison (selected by the CRC to serve as vice-chair), Scherwin Henry, Mary Lou Hildreth (selected by the CRC to serve as chair), Jeremiah Tattersall and Donna Waller, with both Bryan Eastman and Nicolas Gonzalez serving as alternates.
The Charter Review Commission will hold at least three public hearings, and must complete its work no later than May of 2020. The schedule of the Charter Review Commission's meetings are available online, as are videos of their meetings. The meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m. in the GRU Multipurpose Room (301 SE Fourth Ave.).
Changes recommended by the Charter Review Commission will be brought to the City Commission for final consideration before appearing on the November 2020 ballot for voter consideration.