The Circleville Charter Commission has heard from central Ohio leaders on how they made a charter government work for their communities.

Sue Cave, Executive Director of the Ohio Municipal League, David Collinsworth, the City Manager of Westerville and Craig Treneff, the City Council Chair of Westerville were guest speakers at the commission's most recent meeting.

Cave stressed that charter government allows for true local self government, and pointed out that Ohio, with 188 charter cities, is one of the most progressive states. She gave tips for successful Charter adoption, including the involvement of as many of the city residents and employees as possible.

Collinsworth and Treneff discussed Westerville’s Council-Manager government. The Westerville charter was adopted in 1916 as the second Ohio charter city. The speakers attributed the effectiveness of any Council-Manager government to the professional qualifications and experience of the city manager, and the coordination of the elected council with the appointed manager.

The Charter Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6pm at the Pickaway County Community Foundation office at 770 North Court Street, with the next meeting on August 11th. The Commission encourages the citizens of Circleville to attend the meetings and offer comments.

Any club or group wanting a speaker from the commission to discuss the charter process should contact Tom Kopec at tkopec14@gmail.com. Any suggestions for the commission can be e-mailed to marciahall.cc@gmail.com.