Chapter 2.56


2.56.010    Establishment of board.

2.56.020    Purpose.

2.56.030    Responsibilities.

2.56.040    Composition of the board.

2.56.050    Terms of appointment.

2.56.060    Staffing.

2.56.070    Meetings.

2.56.080    Attendance and vacancies.

2.56.010 Establishment of board.

There is hereby established a cultural communities board, which shall serve in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council of the city of Kent.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.020 Purpose.

The cultural communities board will provide input to the mayor and city council on policy and process that seek to promote and facilitate civic engagement, integration, and access to city services by all cultural communities within the city of Kent.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.030 Responsibilities.

The board shall have the following responsibilities:

A. To advise on issues and serve as a resource relating to the social and civic participation of Kent’s multicultural communities to promote civic involvement.

B. To advise on policies for effective integration of new residents from Kent’s multicultural communities.

C. To advise on strategies for culturally responsive communication, services, and outreach to Kent’s diverse communities.

D. To advise on strategies for promoting inclusiveness of Kent’s multicultural communities within all aspects of city government and the community.

E. To serve as a liaison among community members, residents, businesses, and city government on issues that affect the city and its quality of life, including identifying needs, suggesting resources, and connecting cultural and ethnic communities to existing city resources.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.040 Composition of the board.

The board will consist of up to 18 members who shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council, two of which will be youth representatives. Membership shall be Kent residents who are representative of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Kent community. Board members shall serve as city volunteers without compensation. Each member of the board shall have an equal vote in recommendations from the board.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.050 Terms of appointment.

All members appointed to the board shall serve one-year terms. A member may be reappointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council to successive one-year terms. The board chair shall be appointed annually by the board’s members.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.060 Staffing.

The mayor will appoint appropriate staff to assist the board in the preparation of any reports and records as are necessary for the operation of the board.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.070 Meetings.

The board shall meet upon the call of the mayor or chair, as necessary, but no less than once a quarter.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)

2.56.080 Attendance and vacancies.

At any meeting of the board, the board may recommend to the mayor removal of any member who misses three consecutive meetings without being excused by the board upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the board. To fill unexpired terms, replacement appointments will be made as necessary by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Appointments made to fill vacancies will be made to fill the portion of the unexpired term.

(Ord. No. 4184, § 2, 12-8-15)