Applications sought for Rochester Charter Commission openings

Nearly half of the volunteer board that reviews potential changes to the city's home-rule charter face the need to reapply for their seats while new applicants are also being sought.

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ROCHESTER — Terms for seven of the 15 members of the Rochester Charter Commission are expiring at the end of the year.

The expirations open opportunities for up to seven new members to be considered for the volunteer board that periodically recommends changes to the city’s home-rule charter that guides a variety of local government operations.

Commission members serve four-year terms, which can be renewed indefinitely, which has led to two current members — Leigh Johnson and Kathy Meyerle — each serving 25 years.

However, at the end of their terms, members must reapply for a seat on the commission.

It puts seven members — Bari Amadio, Fran Bradley, Jay Furst, Ben Harris, Larry Mortensen, Randy Staver and Fred Suhler — in the position of reapplying or stepping down from their current roles.


The city is seeking applications for the seven seats.

Members are appointed by the chief judge of the state’s Third Judicial District after review of applications.

Rochester residents can apply for one of the seats through the end of business day on Dec. 30. Applications are available online at

The commission typically meets from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month, with the goal of reviewing potential changes to the city’s charter and responding to policy questions raised by city staff, elected officials or other Rochester residents.

Randy Petersen joined the Post Bulletin in 2014 and became the local government reporter in 2017. An Elkton native, he's worked for a variety of Midwest papers as reporter, photographer and editor since graduating from Winona State University in 1996. Readers can reach Randy at 507-285-7709 or
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