1988 - Citizen group Quality Growth Task Force forms to examine issues related to the future of Athens and Clarke County. From this group, the Government Reorganization Committee forms and considers consolidation, now referred to as “unification.”
1989 - A joint resolution of the Government Reorganization Committee of the Quality Growth Task Force, City of Athens, and Clarke County Commission creates a 15-member Commission on the future of Athens and Clarke County (Unification Commission).
1989 - Unification Commission presents draft of charter to local representatives in the state legislative delegation on December 21.
1990 - Charter is passed by the General Assembly on March 1.
1990 - Districting plan for Athens-Clarke County is approved by the Justice Department in May.
1990 - Fourth referendum is held on August 7. The measure passes with 58% support in the city and 59% in the county.
1990 - Election for Athens-Clarke County CEO (Chief Elected Officer, a title later changed to Mayor) and Commissioners is held on November 6. A runoff for some offices is held on November 27.
1991 - Newly elected officials of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County take their oaths of office on January 14.