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The 2018-2019 Charter Review Commission is concluding the decennial process of reviewing the King County Charter and making recommendations for amending the Charter to the King County Council. 

The King County Charter provides the basic long-term structure for King County government. The Charter institutionalizes core values of checks and balances, accountability, and merit, and seeks to promote an effective, efficient and responsive government.

The Commission held town halls in the community in February and October of 2019 as well as an online town hall. The Commission appreciates your feedback in assisting in drafting its recommendations to the Council. 

The Charter Review Commission would like feedback on the following potential changes to the Charter:

  • Returning the King County Sheriff to an appointed position.
  • Protecting family care givers and honorably discharged military veterans from discrimination.
  • Providing a removal process for elected officials who engage in improper behavior.
  • Providing attorneys to families going through the inquest process.
  • Providing subpoena power to the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, the body that investigates misconduct in the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018-2019 Charter review process. The Charter Review Commission's public input process will conclude on November 21, 2019. The Commission will then finalize and transmit its report to the King County Council. There will be additional opportunity for input once the King County Council begins its review of the recommendations from the Commission.

All Charter Review Commission meetings are open to the public: Meeting Schedule


How to provide feedback

In order to guide our work, the Charter Review Commission is conducting broad, robust community outreach to collect input on how the charter might be improved or changed, which in turn could help make King County government more responsive and effective.

Your feedback is important to our work. You may submit your feedback via email at or by using the comment form below.

Please use the space below to submit your comments concerning potential updates to the King County Charter. Be sure to click the "Submit" button. Your written comments will become part of the official public record.


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Subject: Comments about potential changes to the King County Charter

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