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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.

On November 6, 2018, Sunbury voters opted to establishing a Charter and elected 15 members to serve on the Charter Commission.  They are:

  • Patti Cavinee
  • Cindi Cooper
  • John Dankovich
  • Dave Diehl
  • Anne Frost
  • Eugene Frost
  • Michael League
  • John Maar
  • Steve Mazzi
  • Murray Neff
  • Jodi Norton
  • Randall Rentz
  • Rick Ryba
  • Dan Sexton

2018 Charter Members

Steve Mazzi was elected Chair of the Sunbury Charter Commission and Anne Frost was elected in the position of Vice-Chair. The charter commission met 2 times per month from December. 2018 thru June. 2019 and drafted a proposed charter. That proposed charter was mailed to all registered Sunbury voters for review in September, 2019 and then will be voted upon in the November, 2019 election.  All meetings were open to the public.

To review the cover letter & proposed Charter, click on links below:

Charter Cover Letter

Sunbury Charter

If you want more information please see our FAQ's

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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