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. 


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, see information below.

2020 Charter Review Commission Members:

Lindsey Vaughn, Chair
Appointed 06/18/2020
Beth Nelson, Vice Chair
Appointed 06/18/2020
Nicole Kelinske, Secretary
Appointed 06/18/2020
Richard Garivey
Appointed 06/18/2020
Cary Perrin
Appointed 06/18/2020
Donna Starkey
Appointed 06/18/2020
Heather Van Dine
Appointed 7/16/2020

City Attorney

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2020 Charter Review Report

The 2020 Charter Review Commission Report was submitted to City Council on Thursday, December 17, 2020. The Report can be reviewed here in its entirety.  


The City Council authorized the placement of 36 propositions on the ballot for voter consideration on May 1, 2021 through the adoption of Ordinance 21-D.  View the propositions to appear on the ballot here.

2016/17 Charter Review Commission
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 Minutes

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.

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