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Leon County Charter

On November 5, 2002, the citizens of Leon County voted to adopt a home rule charter making Leon County the 19 th charter county in Florida. All county charters have a process by which charter revisions and amendments are submitted to the local electorate; however, only 18 counties including Leon County require a regularly scheduled review of the charter by a citizen committee. The purpose of a charter review process is to ensure that the county government continues to reflect the preferences of its citizens.

The first charter in 2002 included:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the County’s Constitutional officers
  • The County’s relationship with its municipalities
  • A separate executive and legislative branch under the council-manager form of government
  • Charter Amendment Process

According to the Leon County Charter, a Citizen Charter Review Committee must be convened every eight years and charged with reviewing the County Charter and proposing any amendments or revisions for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners which may be advisable for placement on the general election ballot. The first Citizen Charter Review Committee was convened in 2009; while the most recent Committee convened in 2017.