Charter Commission

On July 13, 2017, the Charter Commission voted 5 in favor, 3 against, and 1 abstaining to support a Preliminary Charter that proposed a Council-Manager form of government. The Charter Commission then unanimously approved the Preliminary Report and the required submission to the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Amherst Bulletin for publication.

Read the Preliminary Report here.
Read the Preliminary Charter here.
Give us feedback on them here.

See the Attorney General's Response here.

Copies of the Preliminary Report and Charter, as published int he Amherst Bulletin, can be obtained at the Town Clerk's Office.
The Charter Commission, elected by the voters of Amherst, is guided by State Law, MGL  c.43B. By law, we are charged with preparing a written document which establishes and defines the structure of the government for Amherst. This document, called a Charter, may create local offices, distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices, and may establish and define certain procedures to be followed. Our work must be completed within 18 months of our election, and when completed, the final recommended Charter is submitted to the voters. If approved by the voters, the Charter would serve as Amherst's constitution.


District Combinations

For those interested int he various ways our 10 precincts can be combined into five district, here is a copy of all 9 potential options. At the June 7th meeting, we choose to propose this one.

Town Meeting Presentations

The Charter Commission presented an update to Town Meeting on April 27, 2017 as part of Article 1. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation.

The Charter Commission presented an update to Town Meeting on November 14, 2016 as part of Article 1. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation.

Stay Informed

We have created an email list in order to keep residents updated on what we're doing. Subscribe to it here. Also, connect with us on Facebook to keep updated.

Upcoming Meetings

All meetings at the Police Station Community Room, unless otherwise noted

  • Thursday, September 14th, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Monday, September 18th, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Monday, September 25th, 7 pm - 9 pm
Find the complete Charter Commission meeting schedule here.

Public Outreach

The Charter Commission welcomes input from the residents of the Town about Amherst and its values about Town government. Thank you to all who attended the Feedback Sessions.

You may submit input in other ways:
  • Send an email to the entire Charter Commission by emailing
  • Complete the Preliminary Report and Charter Feedback form here.

Comments received from the public by the Charter Commission can be viewed here.

Group Decision Making Process

Here is the link to a website Irma Gonzalez sent the Commission that discusses group decision making: "Making Group Decisions - Six Options". A number of residents have asked that we post the link.
Year  Elected
Andy Churchill, Chair
Tom Fricke
Meg Gage
Nick Grabbe, Clerk
Mandi Jo Hanneke, Vice Chair
Irv Rhodes
Diana Stein
Julia Rueschemeyer
Gerry Weiss