What is Watertown’s current form of Government?

Currently the City of Watertown has a Council/Manager form of government.  Our legislative branch consists of eight Councilors & a Council President directly elected to two year terms in part-time positions.  The day-to-day management of the city is handled by the Manager, a full-time, contract employee who reports to the Council.  The manager serves under a contract that is reviewed and approved by the Council.  The manager oversees the entire administration of the city and heads of all major departments report directly to the Manager.  The Council President is also President of the School Committee.

Watertown Government Organization Chart
https://www.watertown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/31215/Watertown-Org-Chart

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1. What is the Charter?
2. Where can I find a copy of the Charter?
3. Why is Watertown reviewing its Charter?
4. Why are we reviewing the Charter in 2021?
5. Why is Charter Review important?
6. What can (& can’t) be accomplished through changing the charter?
7. When does the Charter Review Committee meet?
8. How do I keep current with the Charter Review Process?
9. What information can I find on Watertown’s Charter Review website watertown-ma.gov/charter?
10. What is Watertown’s current form of Government?
11. Is Watertown a town or a city & does it matter?
12. Is Watertown going to change its official name from “The City known as the Town of Watertown” to just the City of Watertown?
13. Who decided who is on the Charter Review Committee?
14. How were the resident members of the Charter Review Committee chosen?
15. Who’s on the 2020 Charter Review Committee?
16. How can I contact the Charter Review Committee (CRC)?
17. Who approves changes recommended by the Charter Review Committee?
18. What is the timeline for Charter Review?
19. This sounds complicated; does Watertown have any help sorting this out?
20. Who should participate in Charter Review?
21. Why should I participate in the Charter Review?
22. How can I participate in Charter Review?
23. What are the main components of Watertown’s Charter?