The Germantown Charter was initially approved by voters at a special election of June 8, 1976. Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given. The entire Charter was revised by the voters on November 3, 1992.
ARTICLE I NAME BOUNDARIES, AND FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Sec. 1.01 Name
Sec. 1.02 Boundaries.
Sec. 1.03 Form of Government.
Sec. 1.04 Powers of the Municipality.
Sec. 1.05 Construction.
Sec. 1.06 Intergovernmental Relations.
ARTICLE II MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Sec. 2.01 Mayor.
Sec. 2.02 Council.
Sec. 2.03 Action Requiring an Ordinance.
Sec. 2.04 Ordinances and Resolutions in General.
Sec. 2.05 Emergency Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 2.06 Codes of Technical Regulations.
Sec. 2.07 Authentication and Recording; Codification; Printing.
Sec. 2.08 Referral of Ordinance or Resolution to the Electors by Council.
ARTICLE III LAW DIRECTOR
Sec. 3.01 Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation.
ARTICLE IV MANAGER
Sec. 4.01 Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation.
Sec. 4.02 Removal.
Sec. 4.03 Acting Manager.
Sec. 4.04 Unavailability of the Municipal Manager.
Sec. 4.05 Powers and Duties.
ARTICLE V ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
Sec. 5.01 Creation of Departments.
Sec. 5.02 Police and Fire Protection.
Sec. 5.03 Department Heads.
Sec. 5.04 Duties of Finance Director.
ARTICLE VI MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
Sec. 6.01 Merit System.
Sec. 6.02 Probation Period.
ARTICLE VII BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Sec. 7.01 Council Power to Create Boards and Commissions.
Sec. 7.02 Removal of Members.
Sec. 7.03 Meetings.
Sec. 7.04 Organization.
Sec. 7.05 Quorum.
Sec. 7.06 Personnel Board.
Sec. 7.07 Powers and Duties of Personnel Board.
Sec. 7.08 Planning Commission.
Sec. 7.09 Powers and Duties of Planning Commission.
Sec. 7.10 Board of Zoning Appeals.
Sec. 7.11 Powers and Duties of Board of Zoning Appeals.
Sec. 7.12 Park and Recreation Board.
Sec. 7.13 Powers and Duties of Park and Recreation Board.
ARTICLE VIII FINANCIAL PROCEDURES
Sec. 8.01 General.
Sec. 8.02 Fiscal Year.
Sec. 8.03 Submission of Budget and Budget Message.
Sec. 8.04 Budget Message.
Sec. 8.05 Budget.
Sec. 8.06 Council Action on Budget.
Sec. 8.07 Capital Program.
Sec. 8.08 Council Action on Capital Program.
Sec. 8.09 Public Records.
Sec. 8.10 Council Action on Appropriations.
Sec. 8.11 Lapse of Appropriations.
Sec. 8.12 Administration of Budget.
ARTICLE IX NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 9.01 Nominations
Sec. 9.02 Regular Municipal Elections.
Sec. 9.03 Special Elections.
Sec. 9.04 Conduct of Elections.
ARTICLE X INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Sec. 10.01 General Authority.
Sec. 10.02 Commencement of Proceedings; Petitioners Committee; Affidavit.
Sec. 10.03 Initiative and Referendum Petitions.
Sec. 10.04 Procedure After Filing.
Sec. 10.05 Referendum Petitions; Suspension of Effect of Ordinance or Resolution.
Sec. 10.06 Action on Initiative and Referendum Petitions.
Sec. 10.07 Results of Election.
Sec. 10.08 Conduct of Elections - Initiative, Referendum and Recall.
ARTICLE XI GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 11.01 Oath of Office.
Sec. 11.02 Personal Financial Interest.
Sec. 11.03 Official Bonds.
Sec. 11.04 Amendments to the Charter.
Sec. 11.05 Separability.
Sec. 11.06 Charter Review Commission.
ARTICLE XII TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 12.01 Effective Date of Charter.
Sec. 12.02 Succession.
Sec. 12.03 Continuation of Ordinances.
Sec. 12.04 Continuation of Officers.
Sec. 12.05 Continuation of Employees.
Sec. 12.06 Transfer of Records and Property.
Sec. 12.07 Continuation of Contracts and Improvements.
Sec. 12.08 Pending Actions and Proceedings.
Sec. 12.09 Effect of Amended Charter.