New City Charter Implementation Underway

Beaverton voters approved a new city charter during the May 2020 election. The Beaverton Charter of 2021 becomes operational on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, and implements changes to the city’s structure and  guiding principles, including: 

  • Appoints a full-time city manager to oversee city operations; 
  • Expands the City Council by adding a full-time mayor and part-time city councilor; 
  • Adds term limits to elected positions; 
  • Removes gender-exclusive references.   

During the next several months, a series of activities will guide charter implementation, including preparations for the November 2020 election to fill open positions and community engagement to support city manager recruitment.  

Development of a city manager candidate profile will occur with input from community members. Professional recruitment services also will be enlisted to ensure best practices during the hiring process and that efforts are proceeding with a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. 

An interim city manager will be appointed before Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, and recruitment of the regular city manager is expected to be complete in the first half of next year.  

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