The process for changing our city government
The Charter Commission created the proposal to establish an “Executive Mayor-Legislative Council” structure. The goal was to define and clarify executive and legislative responsibilities.
The Charter Commission:
- Defined how the Charter would change
- Drafted and approved the ballot language
- Sent it to the City Council for its approval
City Attorney review
The City Attorney's Office found the amendment to be:
- A proper subject for the Minneapolis Charter
- Constitutional and in compliance with the law
- Suitable for a general election ballot question
City Council adoption
After several revisions, the City Council adopted the following ballot question:
"Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to adopt a change in its form of government to an Executive Mayor-Legislative Council structure to shift certain powers to the Mayor, consolidating administrative authority over all operating departments under the Mayor, and eliminating the Executive Committee?"
- The question appeared on the November 2021 ballot.
- Voters approved it, with 52.41% voting yes.
- That proposal (Charter Amendment No. 184) becomes effective Dec. 3, 2021.
For more details, see the legislative file:
After the ballot question approval, the Mayor's Office formed a work group to recommend changes to the city's organization.
The Mayor worked with City Council to create a department organization that supports his new leadership role. The new organization features four direct reports to the Mayor:
- City Operations Officer to lead the Office of Public Service
- Community Safety Commissioner to lead the Office of Community Safety
- City Attorney to function as the chief legal officer of the City and head of its legal department
- Chief of Staff to manage the Office of Mayor
The Office of Public Service joins all operational departments under the centralized leadership of the City Operations Officer.
The Office of Community Safety integrates the work of all community safety departments and functions under the leadership of the Community Safety Commissioner.