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Charter Commission

This commission reviews our City Charter, proposes changes, and make recommendations to City Council as needed.


In 1969, the City became a Home Rule Charter City. We are one of 107 cities governed by a Home Rule Charter.

Brooklyn Park is governed by the City Charter, which is the “constitution” of the city. The Chief Judge of Hennepin County District Court makes appointments.

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Commission members

Eleven members who represent the city at-large.

Name District representing Term ends
Alabi, Sunday At-large May 31, 2022
Bor, Barbara At-large June 1, 2022
Fufa, Teferi At-large May 31, 2022
Hultquist, John At-large June 1, 2022
Irvin, John At-large May 31, 2024
Mabera, Susan At-large May 31, 2024
Otieno, Beatrice At-large May 31, 2022
Secara, Dennis (Chair)
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At-large May 31, 2024
Simmons, Scott At-large May 31, 2024
Williams, David At-large May 31, 2024
Woods, Shanna At-large May 31, 2022

To get contact information on a Commissioner, please email the staff liaison below.

Council liaison

Tonja West-Hafner

Staff liaison

Devin Montero

Roles and duties

The Charter Commission is for you if you think reading laws is interesting and love details:

  • Study the City of Brooklyn Park’s charter and make recommendations to the City Council if improvements are needed
  • Determine if the city’s charter guidelines are keeping up with the needs of the community
  • Periodically reviews the Charter and recommends necessary amendments to the city council that does not conflict with state law
  • Has the authority to submit proposed amendments to the voters
  • Addresses election issues, Mayor and Council powers and procedures, taxation and finance procedures; and miscellaneous provisions related to the officials newspaper, acquisition and sale of property and other general provisions

Apply to become a commissioner

Applications are always welcome! Applications are kept on file for one year. As openings occur, applicants are notified of openings and invited to participate in the commission interview process.


Four years. No term limits.


Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m.

Time commitment (approximate)

Three hours per month