March 8, 2023

Applicants Sought for Charter Review Commission

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to serve on the County's Charter Review Commission. Applications for the four-year appointments are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

The County Charter was amended in 1976 to provide that a Charter Review Commission be appointed by the County Council every four years. The commission researches and evaluates Charter issues raised by the County Executive, County Council, other government officials and the public. Commission reports are submitted no later than May 1 of every even-numbered year. The reports are to contain recommendations concerning proposed Charter amendments.

The Commission is composed of 11 County residents, four of whom are appointed by the Council and five of whom will be appointed from a list of names submitted by the County Executive. Applicants applying to the Council for appointment may also be considered for nomination by the County Executive.

No more than six members of the Commission may be from the same political party, and each member must be a County resident. The positions can be filled by a Democrat, a Republican, a voter who declines to affiliate with a party or a member of another party officially recognized by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. The chair is designated by the Council and the vice chair is designated by the County Executive.

All 11 positions are up for appointment. There is no compensation for members of the Commission, which generally will meet once per month in the Council Office Building in Rockville or may be held virtually.

Applicants interested in being appointed by the Council should submit letters of interest and resumes via email to or by mail to Council President, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Resumes should include professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers and an e-mail address.

It is the Council’s policy not to consider applications received after the deadline. After the closing date, Councilmembers will review the letters of application and select applicants for interviews to be held soon thereafter. The interviews are conducted in public, will be televised and will be available via video streaming services.

Appointments will be made in time for the new Commission to begin its term in June of 2023.

Letters of application and resumes are made public as part of the appointment process and are available for public review. Members of County Boards, Committees and Commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.