Chapter 2.65
HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION

Sections:

2.65.010    Human services commission created.

2.65.020    Membership.

2.65.030    Meetings.

2.65.040    Duties and responsibilities.

2.65.050    City staff support.

2.65.010 Human services commission created.

There is hereby created a human services commission consisting of seven members to provide guidance and direction to the city council on human services issues in the city and human services funding allocations. [Ord. 669 § 1, 2017]

2.65.020 Membership.

(1) Number. The human services commission shall consist of seven appointed members.

(2) Appointment and Terms.

(a) The seven members of the human services commission shall be appointed by the city council. Initially, three positions shall expire March 31, 2019, and four positions shall expire March 31, 2020. Thereafter, appointed members shall serve three-year terms running from April 1st of the year of appointment through March 31st of the third year thereafter. Each member’s appointment continues until a member’s successor is duly appointed and confirmed. There shall be a term limit of two consecutive full terms. An appointment to serve an unexpired term of two years or less shall not count towards the two consecutive term limit. After a two-year absence, members may be reappointed.

(b) Commission members shall be appointed based on their knowledge of and experience in the provision of human services, preferably with knowledge of issues in Burien. At least five of the appointed members shall be residents of the city of Burien. Board members and employees of human services agencies receiving city human services funding, and employees of the city of Burien are not eligible.

(c) No human services commission member shall receive any compensation for his or her services.

(3) Removal. Appointed human services commission members may be removed with consent of a majority of the city council for conflicts of interest as defined pursuant to RCW 42.23.030; unexcused absences totaling 25 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings for the calendar year or three consecutive unexcused absences; or for any reason deemed sufficient by a majority of the city council. The decision of the city council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom.

(4) Vacancies. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of a term shall be filled in the same manner as described in subsection (2) of this section. [Ord. 669 § 2, 2017]

2.65.030 Meetings.

The human services commission shall hold regular and special meetings as may be necessary to complete its duties and responsibilities. The human services commission shall elect from among its members a chair who shall preside at all meetings and a vice-chair who shall preside in the absence of the chair. The chair and vice-chair shall be elected for a one-year term. A majority of the human services commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and a majority vote of members present shall be necessary to carry any motion. [Ord. 669 § 3, 2017]

2.65.040 Duties and responsibilities.

The human services commission shall be an advisory body to the city council responsible for providing advice and recommendations related to human services issues. Duties and responsibilities of the human services commission include:

(1) Identify and assess the human services needs in the city.

(2) Recommend priorities and approaches to address human services needs within the city.

(3) Review human services funding requests submitted to the city and make funding allocation recommendations.

(4) Review performance of human services agencies/programs that are funded by the city.

(5) Other duties as may be assigned by the city council. [Ord. 669 § 4, 2017]

2.65.050 City staff support.

Administrative staff support shall be provided by a designee of the city manager. Said staff support shall be responsible for the agenda packets, written record of the proceedings of the human services commission, financial analysis, and such other support as necessary to enable the human services commission to carry out its duties and responsibilities. [Ord. 669 § 5, 2017]