On November 3, 1992, the citizens of Ellisville voted yes to establish a 13 member Charter Commission to draft a new Home Rule Charter designed specifically for Ellisville. The Charter vests the power of government in the city residents instead of the State Legislature. The Charter Commission submitted the proposed charter to the voters at an election on August 3, 1993. Ellisville voters overwhelmingly approved a Home Rule Charter which created a Council/Manager form of government.
In order to provide for the government of the City of Ellisville, and secure the benefits and advantages of constitutional home rule under the Constitution of the State of Missouri, the people of Ellisville adopt the Charter (PDF).