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Proposed City Charter 

The City Charter was first established in 1915 and last amended in 1992.  The Citizen Charter Review Advisory Committee (CCRAC) was formed by way of Resolution No. 2020-10, adopted and amended on September 21, 2020. 

The Charter for the City of Okeechobee, being a municipal corporation, is created pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Florida.  See Part I - Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1.  Part II - Chapter 2 describes Administration, Council, Departments, and responsibilities under the Administrative portion of our adopted Ordinances. 

After review of the current City Charter, the Citizen Charter Review Advisory Committee determined what changes should be offered to the voters for consideration and presented its recommendations to the City Council, which were finalized and adopted at the June 7, 2022 City Council meeting.  The purpose of the revisions are as follows:

 

i)    To incorporate a Citizens' Bill of Rights;

ii)   To update and modernize the City Charter;

iii)  To codify a number of charter-type provisions now in the City Code of Ordinances, but not in the City Charter;

iv)   To delete provisions rendered unnecessary or ineffective by municipal homerule powers and other Florida law; and

v)    To render the City Clerk position to an appointive office from an elective office.

 

There will be a Referendum on the ballot of the General Election on November 8 , 2022, to allow the electors of the City of Okeechobee to vote on the proposed new Charter.

 

Proclamation for Revision of the City Charter

Current draft of City Charter 

 

Should you have questions or would like to comment, please email us at charterreview@cityofokeechobee.com.  


Public Notice of all meetings are posted on the Public Notice webpage.


 


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

November 4, 2021 Joint Workshop Agenda

Exhibit 1

Exhibit 2

Minutes
July 8, 2021 Agenda Exhibits Minutes
June 10, 2021 CANCELLED Agenda Exhibits  
May 27, 2021 CANCELLED      
May 13, 2021 Agenda  Exhibits Minutes
April 22, 2021 Agenda Exhibits Minutes
April 8, 2021 Agenda Exhibits Minutes
March 25, 2021 Agenda   Minutes
March 4, 2021 Agenda   Minutes
February 11, 2021 Agenda               Minutes
January 7, 2021 Agenda   Minutes
December 15, 2020 Agenda   Minutes
       
       

MEMBERS

Myranda Whirls, Chair  
Wes Abney  
Suzanne Bowen  
Jamie Gamiotea  
Jeremy LaRue  
Sandra Perry  
Cary Pigman  
G.M. (Hoot) Worley  
   

 

Contact Information

Gary Ritter
City Administrator
(863) 763-9812
gritter@cityofokeechobee.com

Robin Brock
Executive Assistant
(863) 763-9812
rbrock@cityofokeechobee.com