It’s time to conduct a comprehensive review of our city charter - the document that defines the organization, powers, functions, and procedure of our city government.
Our last charter review was in 1986. As a result, our Charter is not reflective of the needs of a 21st century community and falls far short of meeting the needs of any modern community, let alone a diverse community of 60,000 residents within a major metropolitan region. The City of Medford has made great strides in advancing our core goals and strategies. It is critical that we also have a City Charter that establishes policies for a modern government that will support these long-term plans and the overall forward movement of a 21st century city.
It is time for the City to undertake this important process of designing a system of local government that works for everyone, not just a few.
That is why, in 2020, I submitted a Home Rule Petition to the City Council to create a local Charter Review Commission to review and, ultimately, update Medford’s Charter. As of July 2021, that Home Rule Petition is under consideration by the State’s Joint Committee on Election Laws, where I proudly testified in June 2021 in full support. I will continue to advocate for this important and necessary update to bring the City of Medford into the 21st century.