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Somerville to launch charter review


Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and City Council President Matt McLaughlin recently announced that the city will be undertaking a comprehensive review of its charter, the document that outlines the structure of its government.

The review began Oct. 22 when the council appropriated funds to contract with a technical expert to guide the process, and to hire a staff member to manage the effort.

Curtatone and McLaughlin later this fall also will begin seeking community members to serve on a Charter Advisory Committee charged with recommending any changes to the mayor and council. Any changes the city seeks to adopt will require state approval.

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“City government must remain responsive to the challenges of the ever-changing world around us. Doing so often requires that we be flexible in our approach to the structure and rules of our government,” Curtatone said in a statement. “Charter review ... allows us to do just that.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.