Charter Review Committee

The City of Bowling Green has formed a Charter Review Committee, chaired by Shannon Orr and Jeff Crawford. The membership of this committee consists of 17 residents of Bowling Green representing each ward.

The Charter Review Committee will be examining the City Charter in its entirety over the first part of 2018.  If you should wish to contact the committee with your thoughts on the Charter, please email them at

The Ohio Revised Code dictates that any amendments to city charters must be voted on during a general election, which occurs in November.  The State has established August 8 as the deadline to have any amendment turned in to the Wood County Board of Elections for placement on the November ballot.  These amendments must be voted on by City Council and approved prior to being sent to the Board of Elections – this legislative process involves 3 readings over the course of 3 City Council meetings along with a 30 day waiting period until the ordinance would go in to effect.  Because of this, the Charter Review Committee must present its recommendations to Council no later than the end of May, 2018 so that the first reading of the legislation may take place at the June 4 Council meeting.

Public Forums
March 13 at noon – Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Rd.
March 15 at 7:00 pm – Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Rd.

Stay tuned for more information!

The City Charter (Articles 1-10 of the Codified Ordinances) is the document that defines the framework of our city government. The Charter has been reviewed two other times previously, 1990 and 2001.

Current Bowling Green City Charter