New City Charter Becomes Operational in January

Beaverton voters approved a new city charter in the May 2020 election that changes the city’s form of government from a strong-mayor to a council manager structure.

The Beaverton Charter of 2021 went into effect on June 18 and becomes operational on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Implementation of the new city charter is underway.

The approved city charter outlines specifications to the city’s form of government, term limits and languages preferences, such as:

• The mayor will no longer be the city’s administrative head. Instead, the City Council will appoint a full-time city manager to oversee the city’s day-today operations.

• The council will expand from five members to seven members: six part-time city councilors and one full-time mayor with voting privileges. The council will serve as the city’s governing body and be responsible for the city’s legislative functions. In addition to serving on the council, the mayor will serve as the city’s chief elected official.

• All council positions remain nonpartisan and elected at large by Beaverton voters.

The councilors and the mayor will be limited to three consecutive four-year terms in office for their respective positions.

• The new charter will no longer use gender-exclusive references.

The search process for an interim city manager will continue in November, with a candidate expected to fill the position in January. The interim city manager is a new position that was created after a new city charter took effect in June. City Council will hold interviews on Tuesday, Nov. 12. A social hour with the finalists, open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17. An executive session will be held after the social hour to select the interim city manager. This will be followed by a regular City Council session to announce the decision. On Jan. 1, 2021, the new city charter will take effect and the interim city manager will begin work in their official capacity.

For more information about the charter, including answers to frequently asked questions regarding charter implementation, visit