Like Dexter, Chelsea's charter commission had nine members. "It was a lot of work," Mills says. "We met thirty times in ninety days to get it written. To me, the charter became the key piece in the puzzle, because it'll stand for years."
After a long educational effort in advance, cityhood didn't face organized opposition in Chelsea. "There were people who felt we didn't need to do it," says Mills. "But once we discussed the positives, people saw that they outweighed the negatives, and it passed relatively quickly."
A decade later, Mills says, cityhood has "worked out well for Chelsea. People like it--things like the board of review that citizens can come and appeal their assessment. Where it used to be done by the township, now it's held in our city offices, with three people from within our community who are registered voters appointed by [the] mayor and approved by council."