Chapter 2.65
DIVERSITY COMMISSION

Sections:

2.65.010    Created.

2.65.020    Purpose.

2.65.030    Membership.

2.65.040    Responsibilities and objectives.

2.65.050    Officers.

2.65.010 Created.

The Federal Way diversity commission is hereby created and established for the city.

(Ord. No. 92-141, § 1(A), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-87.)

2.65.020 Purpose.

The purpose of the diversity commission is to advise the city council and city staff on policy matters to ensure all members of our diverse community are part of the decision equation.

(Ord. No. 94-216, § 1, 7-19-94; Ord. No. 92-141, § 1(B), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-88.)

2.65.030 Membership.

(1) The diversity commission shall consist of nine members appointed by the city council.

(2) The diversity commission shall serve without compensation.

(3) Each member shall serve a term of three years. The city council shall annually appoint new members to fill the expiring terms on the diversity commission. If, for any reason, a vacancy occurs during the term of a diversity commission member, the city council shall appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of that member. The city council may remove a diversity commission member at any time if the city council determines that member is not fulfilling his or her responsibilities to the satisfaction of city council. All members of the diversity commission shall serve until their successors are duly appointed by city council.

(4) Effective November 1, 2013, persons appointed to serve on the commission shall reside within the corporate limits of the city. Any person who is a commission member as of November 1, 2013, and is currently residing outside of the city, but still within the boundaries of the Federal Way School District, shall continue to serve his/her term and is eligible to reapply and be reappointed as a member on the commission.

(5) To the extent practicable, appointments shall reflect the diversity of all of the city.

(Ord. No. 14-767, § 1, 5-6-14; Ord. No. 13-748, § 1, 10-15-13; Ord. No. 06-531, § 1, 9-5-06; Ord. No. 96-283, § 1, 12-3-96; Ord. No. 93-203, § 1, 12-21-93; Ord. No. 92-141, § 1(E), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-89.)

2.65.040 Responsibilities and objectives.

The diversity commission shall have the responsibility to pursue the following tasks in the following order of priority:

(1) To provide a forum that will encourage input from our culturally diverse citizen group for reviewing and establishing our city’s vision.

(2) To provide outreach to the community in an effort to place the issue of diversity before our citizens in a positive manner.

(3) To identify obstacles that impede access to city government for all of our community’s diverse members.

(4) To hold regular public quarterly meetings and to keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record, all in accordance with Washington State law.

(Ord. No. 12-723, § 1, 4-3-12; Ord. No. 94-216, § 2, 7-19-94; Ord. No. 92-141, § 1(C), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-90.)

2.65.050 Officers.

The city diversity commission shall elect its officers, including a chair and vice chair and such other officers as it may deem necessary. Such officers shall occupy their respective offices for a period of one year. The mayor shall appoint appropriate staff as he or she deems appropriate to assist the commission in the preparation of its reports and records as are necessary for the operation of the commission. The commission shall operate in accordance with its duly adopted bylaws.

(Ord. No. 10-669, § 17, 9-21-10; Ord. No. 92-141, § 1(F), 6-2-92. Code 2001 § 2-91.)