Charter Review Commission

What is a City Charter?  A charter is a document that establishes the city’s governmental structure and provides for the distribution of powers and duties among the various branches of government. This document can be more restrictive.  In order to be implemented, the charter must be approved by the people at an election. Likewise, changes in the charter must be approved by a vote of the people.

The Alvin City Charter states that the city council shall appoint a Charter Review Commission consisting of seven (7) citizens of the city every four (4) years, but not earlier than two (2) years. 


Alvin City Council will consider appointments to the Charter Review Commission in June, 2020.  Residents who are interested in serving on this commission are encouraged to apply by June 15, 2020.  Members must be a registered voter and a resident residing within the Alvin City limits.  


The Alvin Charter Review Commission is tasked with the following:

  • Inquire into the adequacy of, consistency with state and federal law, and correctness of Charter provisions to determine whether any such provisions require revision. To this end one or more public hearings may be held and the commission shall have the power to compel attendance of the city manager and/or city attorney and to require the submission of any of the city records which it may consider necessary to its duties. Issues regarding charter compliance shall be referred to city council for investigation and disposition;
  • Make any recommendation it considers desirable to update and/or revise the provisions of the Charter
  • Propose amendments to this Charter to improve the effective application of said Charter to current conditions;
  • Report its findings and present its proposed amendments, if any, to the council.


The previous Charter Review Commission served in 2016. 


The 2016/2017 Charter Review minutes, Report, and Ordinance calling the special Charter election are listed below.  This information will give an explanation of the proposed propositions that will appear before the voters of the City of Alvin on May 6, 2017.

2016/17 Charter Review Commission Minutes

7/18/16 11/14/16 
8/15/16 12/5/16
9/13/16 12/12/16
10/17/16 1/9/17

2016/17 Charter Review Report

This report is the final report of proposed changes to the Charter document submitted to City Council by the Charter Review Commission.


Ordinance 17-F Calling Charter Special Election

This ordinance was adopted by City Council on February 16, 2017.  This ordinance includes the ballot language for 57 propositions that will be submitted before the voters on May 6, 2017.  This ordinance also includes the wording of the Charter document for better explanation.


Charter Propositions/de Enmiendas - these propositions will be on the May 6, 2017 ballot.

2016 Charter Review Commission Members:

Chad Gormly
Appointed 6/23/2016
Jimmy Kitchens
Vice Chairman
Appointed 06/23/2016
Martin Vela
Appointed 06/23/2016
Santos Garza
Appointed 06/23/2016
Marisol Jimenez Rios
Appointed 06/23/2016
Roger Stuksa
Appointed 08/18/2016
Kerry Ulm
Appointed 06/23/2016

City Attorney

Staff Liaison


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