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The Johnson County Charter Commission was formed in 1999 to study the structure of Johnson County Government and to make recommendations for improvements. In May 2000, the Charter Commission submitted its report and proposed Home Rule Charter for Johnson County with three questions for voters:
- Appointment of a county manager and elimination of three elected officers – county treasurer, county clerk and register of deeds – with the positions to be appointed by the county manager.
- Increase the number of the Board of County Commissioners from five to seven members, including a publicly elected, at-large chairman.
- Non-partisan elections for county commissioners.
On November 7, 2000, the voters of Johnson County approved and adopted the new charter and all three questions. The Home Rule Charter became effective on January 11, 2001.
The Home Rule Charter requires a new Charter Commission be convened every ten years. In 2011, a Charter Commission was established and delivered its final report to the Board of County Commissioners. There were no amendments proposed to the Home Rule Charter in the 2011 final report.