I figured that I should put all this information in one place because it honestly took me more than a week to get some simple questions answered. The Charter Commission is not a joke, but the appointment process had been. I wrote up some suggestions to 3rd District Judge Jodi Williamson and sent them off. You can read my letter here.
So who appoints people to the Charter Commission?
It is the chief judge of the third judicial district that makes the appointments. That is now Jodi L. Williamson who is on the bench in Dodge County. We have six terms expiring at the end of this year. I am in the process of sending a letter to Judge Williamson asking her to make appointments for terms from 2019 to 2023. This will be her first time making appointments so I am not exactly sure how she will want to proceed. Judge Thompson, who was the chief judge for many years, had this office advertise vacancies on the City’s web-site and then collect applications through the mayor’s office. I would then forward them to him. He also re-appointed those members who wished to remain on the commission. Four of the six members have expressed a desire to be re-appointed. But that is entirely up to Judge Williamson. Citizens wishing to be considered can contact the Judge directly or they can wait and see what her response will be to my letter. I can follow up with you after I receive a response.Dave Goslee, Rochester Assistant City Attorney
This begs the question how does one contact the Judge. I looked everywhere and could not find a way send Judge Williamson an email. Once again Dave helped me out.
The Judge has asked that all contacts concerning the charter commission go through her court reporter at the following email address:
I recommend you just send a letter of interest to Ms. Knutson. I recommend that you do NOT engage with the awful website and process. I am confident that Mayor Norton and the new council will quickly kill off this legacy dinosaur.
Also thank you to current Charter Commission Member Kathy Meyerle for sending me a link to the state statutes regarding Charter Commissions.