Chapter 2.56
HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

Sections:

2.56.010    Established.

2.56.020    Purpose.

2.56.030    Functions.

2.56.040    Membership.

2.56.050    Terms of office.

2.56.010 Established.

There is hereby established the human relations commission, originally appointed by motion of the council in January, 1964. (Ord. 1244 § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 1150 § 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 939 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 2480)

2.56.020 Purpose.

It is the purpose of the human relations commission to advise the council in its actions to create an environment within the city in which all persons can enjoy equal rights and opportunities regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical, mental or economic status. The human relations commission shall make recommendations to the council or the city administrative officer on how these social concerns and human needs can best be addressed. (Ord. 1244 § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 1150 § 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 939 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 2480.2)

2.56.030 Functions.

The functions of the human relations commission are:

A. To promote mutual understanding and foster harmonious relations between persons and groups within the community, and provide a forum for residents to discuss problems relating to human rights and relations;

B. To receive and investigate complaints concerning community tensions and acts of discrimination, and cooperate with and assist other human services groups which have similar purposes;

C. To make recommendations to the council when action is proposed as a means to insuring community cooperation and understanding;

D. To evaluate perceived inadequacies in human rights and services and to recommend possible action;

E. To review and evaluate all city-funding requests from groups which provide human services; to provide liaison to recipients of grants-in-aid moneys, through personal contact and required activity and budget reports;

F. Such duties, including studies and research, as the council deems necessary and appropriate and assigns to the commission. (Ord. 1244 § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 1150 § 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 939 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 2480.3)

2.56.040 Membership.

The human relations commission shall consist of seven members who are representative of diverse groups within the city and who have a demonstrated interest in social issues. (Ord. 1244 § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 1150 § 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 939 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 2480.1)

2.56.050 Terms of office.

A. Commissioners shall be appointed by the council for terms of four years, commencing immediately upon appointment. Commissioners shall serve at the pleasure of the council. Any commissioner may be reappointed, provided that no appointee shall serve more than two consecutive terms (eight years).

B. Vacancies shall be filled by the council for unexpired terms. Appointment for a partial term following an unscheduled vacancy shall not preclude the appointee from serving two consecutive full terms following completion of the partial term, provided the partial term is less than two years. (Ord. 1244 § 1 (part), 1993: Ord. 1150 § 1 (part), 1990: Ord. 939 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 2480.4)