Charter Revision Commission

Charter Revision Commission
c/o First Selectman's Office 
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3030
CRC@fairfieldct.org
 
Function

The Charter Revision Commission is a Board of Selectmen-appointed body tasked to amend the Town Charter with the input of the community.  Adopted in 1947, the Town Charter is the foundation that guides principles for governance, defines our community, its powers and functions, and essential procedures of our Town Government.

The Commission shall be empaneled for the purpose of undertaking a thorough review of the current Charter and all aspects of the structure of Town Government, being mindful of adhering to, among others, principles of sustainability and that it is equitable for and inclusive of all our citizens, and further, shall draft any Charter amendments relative to the operation of the Town and effective representation of the people of this Town.

Meetings

The Charter Revision Commission meets virtually at 6:30 pm on the following dates. All schedules are subject to change. Please check the Town Meetings Calendar for cancellations or location changes.

Member Listing 

Name (Party) Title Term
Marlene Battista (R) Secretary 2021-2022 09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022
Chris Brogan (D) Vice-Chair 2021-2022 09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022
Bryan Cafferelli (R) Chair 2021-2022 09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022
Jay Gross (D)   09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022
Pam Iacono (R)   09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022
John Mitola (D)   09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022 
John Wynne (U)   09/20/21-summer/fall of 2022

About the Charter Revision Commission

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Party Balance Required?:

Until Completion of Charge
Seven 
Board of Selectmen
Yes


Description/Powers and Duties

That the Board of Selectmen establish a Charter Revision Commission for the Town of Fairfield pursuant to the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Charter of the Town of Fairfield (”Town”) was adopted in 1947 and last amended on November 27, 2006; and
WHEREAS, our Charter is the foundation that guides principles for governance; it defines our Community, its powers and functions and essential procedures of our Town Government; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of C.G.S. §7-187, et seq., the Board of Selectmen of the Town is the appointing authority for a Charter Revision Commission, acting by a two-thirds vote of its entire membership may initiate a charter revision; and

WHEREAS, the Town Attorney has retained the services of Attorney Steven G. Mednick as charter revision counsel to (1) consult with the Town Attorney; and, (2) provide such assistance to the Commission as deemed necessary; and,

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectmen has, from time to time, encountered issues of magnitude and import to the operation of the Town and effective representation of the people of this Town that would benefit from a thorough review by a Charter Revision Commission.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, pursuant to the provisions of C.G.S. §7-187 through 7-194, specifically §7-188(b), the Board of Selectmen hereby initiates an action to amend the current Charter by authorizing the creation of a Charter Revision Commission, acting by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of its entire membership; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that said Commission shall be empaneled for the purpose of undertaking a thorough review of the current Charter and all aspects of the structure of Town Government, being mindful of adhering to, among others, principles of sustainability and that it is equitable for and inclusive of all our citizens; and, be it further

RESOLVED, pursuant to C.G.S. §7-190, that within thirty (30) days following initiation of the charter revision process, the Board of Selectmen shall, by resolution, (1) appoint a commission consisting of seven (7) electors, not more than two (2) of whom may hold public office in the Town and not more than a bare majority of whom shall be members of any one political party, which Commission shall designate a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary and proceed forthwith to draft any such charter amendments; and (2) establish the timeframe for submission of a final report by said Commission.