Charter Commission

Contact us

The Charter Commission is a 17-member body responsible for maintaining Ramsey County's Home Rule Charter.

The charter is like the constitution for county government, spelling out its duties and responsibilities. Ramsey County is the only one of Minnesota's 87 counties to be governed by home rule - all others are governed by state laws.

The commission's duty is to periodically review the charter and propose necessary amendments and reviews and recommends proposals from the public. The commission has the authority to submit proposed amendments to an election. 

Commission members are appointed by the District Court in staggered four-year terms. Two members represent each county commissioner's district and three serve at large.