Home Rule Charter
Weld County residents were quick to realize the opportunities afforded a county when given an opportunity to write its own charter. Following adoption of a constitutional amendment by the voters of Colorado in 1970, Weld County began work toward drafting its own set of governing rules.
A 21-member commission was elected in 1974 to write a charter. Seven and a half months of study and scores of public hearings went into the charter before it was presented to the voters in September 1975. Passage of the charter made Weld County the first in the state to adopt its own home rule charter. Since then, only one other, Pitkin County, has followed course. Weld County's Home Rule Charter went into effect on January 1, 1976, seven months before the 100th anniversary of Colorado's statehood.
The charter brings government closer to the residents of Weld County and gives them the authority to manage their own affairs. Changes in the charter are permitted by a majority vote of the residents.
To review the Weld County Charter, follow this link
Prominent among the changes brought about by the charter are:
- Enlargement of the Board of County Commissioners from three to five.
- Establishment of a five-member, non-partisan, unpaid Weld County Council.
- Abolition of the post of county surveyor.
- Consolidation of the existing 12 departments into five, each to be the responsibility of an elected commissioner.
- Provision for a full-time county attorney and staff, rather than hiring an attorney on an hourly basis.
- Expansion of the number of members on citizens’ boards to bring better representation in the fields of planning, health, and zoning adjustment.
- Establishment of a county personnel division to provide standards for employment qualifications and pay.
- Provision for enactment of ordinances to establish policy and giving preference to local bidders if price and quality are competitive.