Residents are invited to apply for a seat on a 10-member team to review and recommend changes to Frisco’s City Charter.

The gist

City charters are similar to a constitution guiding its government. Frisco’s charter mandates a review is done at least every six years, according to a Frisco City Council work session presentation April 16.

Commission applications can be found here until 5 p.m. May 8.

The last commission met in 2018 and recommended 24 amendments, some of which addressed confusing language or candidate filing policies and were brought to Frisco voters in a 2019 election.

To serve on the commission, applicants must:
  • Have been a Frisco resident for at least one year
  • Be a qualified, registered voter
  • Submit the application and a current resume to [email protected] before the 5 p.m. May 8 deadline.
“[Council wants] mindful, thoughtful people that are really long-term thinkers that are really looking out for what’s best for the community and not have a specific, narrow type of interest that they're trying to achieve,” City Manager Wes Pierson said.

Some context

Council member Bill Woodard, who has served on the review commission twice before, said this year’s schedule is not as compressed as it has been in the past.

Here is a quick look at the 2024 commission’s projected timeline:
  • April 17: Commission application opens
  • May 8: Applications close
  • June 4: Commission members are appointed by council
  • June-mid-September: Commission meets and reviews the charter
  • Oct. 15: Commission submits recommendations
  • November-December: The recommendations are reviewed
Commission members typically meet for a few hours every week for six months, Woodard said. The 2024 review is unlikely to find as many amendments as previous years, according to a meeting presentation.

All recommendations from the commission are subject to city approval. If approved, City Council has until Feb. 4, 2025, to call an election and bring the updates to voters for consideration.

Not every charter review leads to an election—Frisco leaders decided against one in 2013, Mayor Jeff Cheney said.