13-person panel to review Hamilton Charter for possible changes

A panel of 13 people has been named to a group that will study the Hamilton City Charter to see if there any changes that should be made to the document that guides the way city government operates.

Hamilton City Council last week named the 2020 Charter Review Commission. Naming of such a commission every five years itself is a requirement of the charter.

A review commission must be made up of between nine and 15 city voters. As part of its appointments, the council unanimously named Ted Pickerill the commission’s chairman, and David Stark its co-chairman.

Pickerill is secretary to Miami University’s Board of Trustees and is executive assistant to Miami President Gregory Crawford. The 20-year resident has been engaged with all Miami’s campuses, and has taught at its Hamilton campus a few years and is a trustee of The Lane Libraries.

He holds a Master’s in business administration in finance and international business and has taught university courses in calculus, leadership, navigation, naval engineering, management, organizational behavior and finance.

Stark, meanwhile, manages the Hamilton ArtSpace Lofts and is founder and director of the Strauss Gallery, a non-profit arts and event space on High Street. He also teaches at a private school.

Others who will serve on the commission include Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Bates, former Hamilton Council Member Rob Wile and 2019 council candidate Danny Ivers.

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Other Hamilton residents appointed were Robert Batterson, Warren Brookins, Jeffery Jones, Jennifer McQueen, Donna Baker, Kevin Kessler, Daniel Hall and Fred Andes.

Council Member Susan Vaughn thanked all who applied to serve on it.

“I think it’s an important part of the city, and it only happens every five years,” she said. “And I appreciate everyone who applied.”

The charter serves as Hamilton’s constitution. It is 34 pages long. The commission can suggest changes, or none at all. Whatever suggestions the city council agrees with will go before city voters this November.

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