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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Mayor Victorino urges residents to serve on the Maui County Charter Review Commission

Mayor Michael Victorino is urging residents to apply for the Maui County Charter Review Commission.

Pursuant to Section 14-3 of the Revised Charter of the County of Maui (1983), as amended, the Charter Commission shall consist of 11 members to study and review the operation of the government of the county. The Commission convenes every 10 years to review the County Charter.

“The Charter Commission is the group of citizens charged with reviewing our Charter, as a whole, functioning document, in a publicly transparent process,” Mayor Victorino said. “What we have now with seven Council-initiated Charter amendments is a mish-mash of proposals. The amendments require more in-depth scrutiny, which is exactly what the Charter Commission is empaneled to undertake.”

The 2011-2012 Maui County Charter Review Commission held regularly scheduled, publicly open meetings from May through December 2011. Commission members reviewed more than 125 different proposals and subsequently voted to put 21 proposals into draft language. Those proposals were reviewed publicly in meetings throughout the County, followed by a second round of public meetings in December 2011 and March 2012. Ultimately, the Commission put 11 well-vetted proposals on the General Election ballot in 2012.

“Our people deserve this kind of thorough process to examine the Maui County Charter as a total, interconnected document, not picked apart in bits and pieces at whim,” Mayor Victorino said. “We need to listen to our people as we make important decisions for Maui County. We need to let the Charter Review Commission do its due diligence in reviewing the proposals as set forth in the Charter.”

“I also renew my commitment to nominate members to the Charter Commission representing each of our nine residency districts in Maui County,” Mayor Victorino said.

Anyone interested in serving on the Charter Commission or any other board or commission should apply online at www.mauicounty.gov/Boards. Or, paper applications are available at the County Building in the Mayor’s Office on the 9th floor. Paper applications should be mailed to: Office of the Mayor, County of Maui, 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793, or faxed to (808) 270-7870.  

The application deadline for all applicants is Nov. 16, 2020.

 For more information, call 270-8211.

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