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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Charter Commission Information

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With Census 2020 on the horizon, and the Village of Sunbury on the cusp of becoming the City of Sunbury, it’s time to start thinking about establishing a Sunbury Charter Commission. Sunbury would have the option to apply for charter status following the first census after the village reaches a population of 5,000. With current estimates of Sunbury’s population already exceeding 5,000 that status is going to happen during Census 2020. 

According to the website Ballotpedia: “A chartered city, county, or municipality is one that possesses a unique set of laws that forms the legal foundation of its local system of government. The actual legal document that articulates these laws is called a charter. Charters stand in relationship to a county, city, village, or town the same way that a state constitution does to a state or a federal constitution does to a nation. They define the powers and functions of elected officials as well as the organization and procedures of local government.”

The first informational meeting was held July 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Town Hall located on the Village Green, 51 East Cherry St., Sunbury, OH. During that session, Becky Princehorn and Nick Gordon of Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law office in Columbus, OH, Anthony Saadey, Deputy Director of the Board of Elections and David Brehm, Sunbury Solicitor, discussed the purpose and reasoning for cities' to adopt a Charter form of government, the process and timeline relative to filing a petition if interested in becoming a Charter Member and the duties of being on the Charter once elected. The Charter Commission consists of 15 Sunbury residents. You are eligible to serve on the Charter providing you are a resident of Sunbury. State law prohibits the village administrator and current council members from serving. The charter commission will meet 1-2 times per month for approximately 10 months and will draft a proposed charter. That proposed charter will be mailed upon completion to Sunbury residents for review in October and then voted upon in the November, 2019 election. 

If you didn't get a chance to attend and want more information please see our FAQ's below.  If you are considering becoming a member of the Charter Commission and would like to file a petition for Candidacy,  please go to the Board of Elections Candidate Portal

If you have any other questions,  please contact Tommy Hatfield, Mayor via e-mail at or Kathy Belcher at You can also call the Municipal Building at 740-965-2684. 

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