City’s proposed charter change is now in the state House


Georgia District 130 Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin) on Monday filed the city of Griffin’s request to amend the state’s charter that will change the title of the city’s at-large commissioner to mayor.

The proposed charter change will continue to retain the city’s present form of government. If the change is approved, the elected mayor will be assigned the administrative duties now performed by the commission’s chairperson. The mayor also will have the duty to preside over all commission meetings and to perform the other traditional duties now performed by the Commission’s chairperson.

The charter request change, also known as House Bill 911 underwent its first reading Tuesday in the state House. It was then referred to the Intragovernmental Coordination-Local Committee, according to the legislature’s website.

HB911 is sponsored by Knight and Georgia District 73 Rep. Karen Mathiak (R-Griffin).

If the charter change is approved by the state legislature, the proposal will be up for vote in May 2018 at the time of the general primary. If voters approve the change in May, an election of a four-year mayor would be held in November 2019 with the mayor’s four-year term beginning in Jan. 2020.