City of Glenarden, MD

Charter Review Committee


The City of Glenarden Council has the responsibility to ensure that the City Charter is reflective of enacted Charter Amendments. is compatible with current County, State, and Federal law and, is supportive of the needs of City Residents and Officials and the ultimate objective of the City Charter is to balance control with organizational and process flexibility and discretion. It is beneficial for the City Charter to be reviewed periodically to ensure consistency and clarity. A comprehensive review of the City Charter is a weighty activity that requires serious consideration and participation from impacted parties. 

The following procedures will govern the Charter Review Process:

  1.  The Charter will be reviewed at the end of each annual session to ensure that all legislation enacted in that session has been incorporated. 
  2. The Charter will undergo a comprehensive review, section by section, every 10 years starting July 2022.
  3. The schedule for the Charter Review will be published by June 30 of the year in which the comprehensive review is due.
  4. The Charter Review shall be completed by December 31 of the year in which the comprehensive review is due.
  5. A Charter Review Committee consisting of three (3) Councilmembers will be responsible for creating the schedule an facilitating the review process.
  6. The Charter Review deliberations will take place during a 2-hour public meeting separate from the Work Session and Regular Meeting. Citizens may provide comments during the last 30 minutes of the meeting.
  7. No action is to be taken during the Charter Review meetings. Charter Review Committee members are required to attend the Charter Review meetings. Other Councilmembers, the Mayor, and City Manager may attend at their discretion.
  8. It is recommended that an attorney who is knowledgeable  on the Charter Review and Amendment process be present at the Charter Review meetings. 
  9. After each Charter Review meeting, the Charter Review Committee will be responsible to prepare any amendments, if necessary.
  10. Any Charter Amendments identified will be presented as Charter Amendment Resolutions at the next Work Session following the Charter Review meeting, further discussed with the public t a Public Hearing following the Work Session and voted on at a Regular Meeting following the Public Hearing. Any other public notification requirements stipulated by local, state, or federal law must also be performed.
See resolution R-34-2022: A Resolution to Establish A Charter Review Process for additional information. 


The City of Glenarden will hold virtual Charter Review Committee Meetings every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30PM. Please see meeting calendar for dates.

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For more information, email Councilwoman Erika L. Fareed and please check the City calendar for updates. Meeting dates will be announced as they become available.

Council Charter Meeting Recordings

Charter Review Committee - Charter Updates