A Message From The Chairman

Chairman Hagman Newsletter

A Message From The Chairman

The Charter Ad Hoc committee will be presenting their recommendations during the next regular board meeting. The goal was to develop a set of reforms that would modernize the County's current charter by removing outdated language and incorporating proven good governance practices. 

If approved by the electorate, the proposed charter would replace the current charter, which was adopted 107 years ago in 1913.

Public invited to review, comment on proposed new County Charter


The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will consider placing a new County Charter on the November ballot at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, in the Covington Chambers at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

The public is invited to review and provide comment on the proposed new County Charter.

Some of the proposed revisions include:

  • Removing obsolete and redundant provisions
  • Updating language
  • Board of Supervisors term limits
  • Creation of a redistricting commission
  • Addressing emergency preparedness

“These reforms — if approved by voters — will bring San Bernardino County’s governance into the 21st century by locking in good governance policies, closing the term limit loophole, allowing special elections to fill vacancies, and creating a redistricting commission,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said.

The proposed Charter can be viewed here and a PowerPoint presentation that will be used during the July 14 Board meeting can be found here.

Please submit comments to BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online here. The Board will accept in-person comments during the meeting as well. However, seating in the chambers is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 14 Charter counties in California. The State’s remaining 44 counties are, by default, General Law counties and are bound to adhere to State laws regarding the number and duties of county elected officials.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the public meeting where board members will be discussing the merits of the proposed charter changes. The meeting can be viewed here at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14.

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