Question #2 on today’s ballot states: “In order to provide the Mayor with flexibility to enhance government operations, shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter
be amended to allow for additional management-level deputies,
exempt from civil service, in City departments?

For example, voting yes to this question will allow each city department to employ up to ten deputies exempt from civil service requirements. This will give them more flexibility in hiring, and expand their ability to pick their own staff. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, for instance, would be able to personally pick up to ten top-ranking commanders as exempt from civil service. The way the Philadelphia Home-Rule Charter is currently written, it permits only two deputies per city department.

To read the two ballot questions and to get plain language explanation, check out the Committee of Seventy website at