2017 ORS 199.725¹
Charter commission
  • appointment
  • term
  • first meeting
  • chairperson
  • appropriation for expenses

(1) Within 30 days after the proceedings are initiated, a charter commission comprised of persons each of whom is an elector of the county or the most populous city shall be appointed as follows:

(a) Two members jointly by a majority of a convention of the state Senators elected from the county or any part thereof, one of whom shall be a resident of the unincorporated area of the county.

(b) Three members jointly by a majority of a convention of the state Representatives elected from the county or any part thereof, one of whom shall be a resident of the unincorporated area of the county.

(c) Three members by the governing body of the county.

(d) Three members by the governing body of the most populous city in the county.

(e) One member by the governing body of the second most populous city in the county.

(f) One member jointly by a majority of a convention of the mayors of the cities in the county other than the cities described in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this subsection.

(2) Any of the appointments not made as provided by subsection (1) of this section shall be made by the Governor within 45 days after the proceedings are initiated.

(3) Each appointment made under this section shall be certified immediately by the appointing authority to the mayor of the most populous city.

(4) Members of the charter commission shall serve without pay.

(5) The terms of office of members of the commission shall continue until the charter that the commission prepares is submitted to the electors under ORS 199.730 (Functions of charter commission) and 199.735 (Election on consolidation). A position on the commission shall become vacant, however, for any cause specified by ORS 236.010 (Causes for vacancies in office) and may be declared vacant by the commission because of nonattendance at commission meetings. Within 30 days after such a vacancy occurs or is declared, it shall be filled in the manner prescribed by the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section that are applicable to the position vacated.

(6) Within five days after receiving certification of the final appointment to the commission, the mayor of the most populous city shall fix the time and place and give the commission members at least 10 days’ notice of the first meeting of the commission. The mayor shall convene the commission and serve as its temporary chairperson. At the first meeting the commission shall designate a permanent chairperson and organize in whatever other manner it considers advisable.

(7) The governing body of the county proposed to be consolidated shall appropriate for the expenses of the commission:

(a) Not less than $25,000; and

(b) An additional amount of not more than $100,000, as requisitioned by a majority of the following officials: The chairperson of the commission, the chairperson of the county governing body and the mayor of the most populous city in the county.

(8) The county and any city in the county may appropriate money to assist the charter commission with its work. [1971 c.731 §5; 1973 c.745 §1; 1997 c.494 §3]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 199—County Consolidation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors199.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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