Charter Commission

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.


We're Listening!

We want to hear from you. Come to our next listening workshop on October 3rd at 7 pm at the Crocker Farm Elementary School Cafeteria to voice your opinion and thoughts. See below for more information.

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.

Videographers Wanted

We are looking for many volunteers willing to attend our meetings and videotape them for ACTV. Please contact Irv Rhodes if you are willing to do so, as he is looking at arranging a schedule for the volunteers.

Public Outreach

The Charter Commission welcomes input from the residents of the Town about Amherst and its values about Town government. During the upcoming months, there will be several opportunities to submit your comments, through public forums, hearings and meetings. A Working Group, consisting of Charter Commission members and members of the public, is currently working on scheduling listening workshops throughout town to gather more input and thoughts from the public. The current schedule is listed below. Check back regularly for more information and additional dates.

  • October 3, 2016, 7-9 pm, Crocker Farm Cafeteria
  • October 19, 2016, 11:15 am, Amherst Community Connections (121 North Pleasant St., ground floor of the Amherst Unitarian Meetinghouse)
  • October 27, 2016, 6:45 - 8:45 pm, Woodbury Room, Jones Library
  • November 9, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm, Amherst Survival Center

You may also submit input in two other ways:

  • Send an email to the entire Charter Commission by emailing
  • Complete the Public Input Form, by clicking here.

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

  • October 5, 2016, 7:00 pm
  • October 13, 2016, 6:00 pm
    • Initial Planning Meeting & Discussion with consultants, Collins Center
  • October 20, 2016, 7:15 pm
  • October 26, 2016, 7 pm
  • November 3, 2016, 7:15 pm

Find the complete Charter Commission meeting schedule here.

    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