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CC 855, ( August 72 ) 4 pages

Detroit Charter Revision–6: New Directions in the Proposed Detroit Charter

The Discussion Draft of the New Charter for the City of Detroit, as revised by the Charter Revision Commission and submitted to the governor for review on July 7, 1972, contains a number of innovative concepts and proposals, which could have a far reaching impact on the character of city government in Detroit. Some of the more important new provisions in the proposed charter include: The introduction of the “responsible city” concept in the charter under which the city would be charged with the responsibility for taking aggressive action to promote the general welfare of its citizens. Creation of an office of ombudsman with authority to investigate any administrative act by a city official. Creation of a decentralization commission to prepare a plan for community government which establishes at least eight community councils throughout the city. The city council may, by ordinance appropriate funds and delegate responsibilities to the community councils. Creation of an independent professional standards department within the executive branch to investigate and adjudicate cases of alleged police misconduct. Creation of a consumer affairs department with authority to enforce laws and ordinances governing business practices, to grant rand revoke business licenses and permits, and to investigate citizen complaints. Creation of an environmental protection department empowered to enforce environmental ordinances of the city and “as far as practicable, insure that agencies of the city are operating in a manner least harmful to the environment.”
CC 855, ( August 72 ) 4 pages

Detroit Charter Revision–6: New Directions in the Proposed Detroit Charter

The Discussion Draft of the New Charter for the City of Detroit, as revised by the Charter Revision Commission and submitted to the governor for review on July 7, 1972, contains a number of innovative concepts and proposals, which could have a far reaching impact on the character of city government in Detroit. Some of the more important new provisions in the proposed charter include: The introduction of the “responsible city” concept in the charter under which the city would be charged with the responsibility for taking aggressive action to promote the general welfare of its citizens. Creation of an office of ombudsman with authority to investigate any administrative act by a city official. Creation of a decentralization commission to prepare a plan for community government which establishes at least eight community councils throughout the city. The city council may, by ordinance appropriate funds and delegate responsibilities to the community councils. Creation of an independent professional standards department within the executive branch to investigate and adjudicate cases of alleged police misconduct. Creation of a consumer affairs department with authority to enforce laws and ordinances governing business practices, to grant rand revoke business licenses and permits, and to investigate citizen complaints. Creation of an environmental protection department empowered to enforce environmental ordinances of the city and “as far as practicable, insure that agencies of the city are operating in a manner least harmful to the environment.”

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