Division III. Boards, Committees and Other Agencies

Chapter 2.42


2.42.010    Created.

2.42.020    Purpose – Prevention Services Funding.

2.42.030    Composition.

2.42.040    Terms of Office.

2.42.050    Vacancies – Removal from Office.

2.42.060    Officers – Quorum – Voting Privileges.

2.42.070    Meetings – Rules and Records.

2.42.080    Funding Priorities.

2.42.090    Recommendations.

2.42.100    Staff Support.

2.42.010 Created.

The Allocation Advisory Commission for Prevention Services is created and shall hereafter in this Chapter be referred to as the Commission. The members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Pierce County Executive and confirmed by a majority of the Pierce County Council, pursuant to the Pierce County Charter, Section 3.30. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.020 Purpose – Prevention Services Funding.

The Commission shall make recommendations on funding and monitoring projects that receive funding from the County's prevention monies, the 20 percent of one-tenth of one percent sales and use tax for criminal justice purposes collected from unincorporated Pierce County, pursuant to PCC 4.28.130. The review of project proposals shall be through an RFP process. (Ord. 2017-61s2 § 2, 2017; Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.030 Composition.

The Commission shall include from 9 to 15 members who are geographically representative of the unincorporated County and have a wide range of expertise and perspectives on prevention strategies including preventative children's services and community-based prevention services. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.040 Terms of Office.

After the Commission is created, the first terms of the members shall be staggered as follows:

A.    Five members shall be appointed for four years; and

B.    Four members shall be appointed for three years.

C.    Remaining members shall serve two years.

Thereafter, successors to the first appointments shall be appointed for 4-year terms. No member of the Commission shall be eligible to serve more than two full consecutive terms. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.050 Vacancies – Removal from Office.

Vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for a regular 4-year term. All appointments shall be accomplished pursuant to the Pierce County Charter, Section 3.30. The Executive may remove any member of the Commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.060 Officers – Quorum – Voting Privileges.

Annually, the Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from among its members. Officers shall not be eligible to serve in the same capacity for more than two consecutive years. A quorum of the Commission for the purpose of transacting business shall be five members. Each member of the Commission shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the body. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.070 Meetings – Rules and Records.

The Commission shall meet at least four times each year. All meetings shall be open to the public. The Commission shall adopt Rules before it transacts business, and a current copy of the Rules shall be provided to the Pierce County Executive and the Clerk of the Pierce County Council. The Commission shall keep a written summary of its transactions of business. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.080 Funding Priorities.

The priorities for funding of these prevention programs include:

A.    Serve Unincorporated Areas. Taxes to support these violence prevention programs are collected exclusively in unincorporated areas of Pierce County, not in any of the cities and towns that are located within the County. Incorporated cities and towns receive the comparable one-tenth of one percent sales and use tax for criminal justice, but have decided to use the money differently. Accordingly, programs requesting Pierce County funding should be targeted to residents of the unincorporated areas. This is not to say that an occasional individual or family from an incorporated area may benefit from those programs, but if a number of families or individuals from areas other than the unincorporated areas are to benefit from the program, then other funds must be provided on a proportional basis.

B.    Sustainability. Programs to be funded should create a long-term reduction or elimination of a violent situation, not just a transitory benefit while an individual or family is participating in the program.

C.    Cooperative efforts. Programs to be funded should, if at all possible, develop and encourage cooperation and coordination between agencies, municipalities and clients.

D.    Focus. The focus of programs to be funded should, to the greatest extent possible, be on the prevention or elimination of violent behavior in, among, or towards children and youth. Prevention programs may include those directed at individual skill development, community involvement and leadership, parenting and peer influence, and other strategies. If the violence involves the family or if the family needs to be involved in the reduction or elimination of violent activities, then other family members should be included in the program. The funding for these programs is from funds obligated exclusively for criminal justice purposes. Accordingly, the objective must in some direct and demonstrable manner result in the elimination or reduction of violence and violent behavior.

E.    Demonstrability. Applicants for funding must be able to demonstrate in a clear and concise manner that the program is accomplishing the goals and objectives it has established for itself, and specifically, the elimination or reduction of violence or violent behavior. To that end, the County utilizes an "outcomes-based evaluation" process for monitoring the effectiveness of its social service programs. That process is more fully described in the County's Request for Proposals (RFP).

F.    Best Practice. While the County has not yet identified any program as a "best practice," other jurisdictions have done so and the County strongly urges that programs which have proven successful in other locales be considered for adaptability to the conditions existing in Pierce County. Applications based on programs identified as best practices in another jurisdiction should identify that jurisdiction, specify when the program was identified as a best practice, and identify who determined that it was a best practice.

G.    Minimum Funding Amount. Programs shall be funded at a minimum of $5,000.00. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.090 Recommendations.

Recommendations shall be accomplished in the following manner:

A.    All recommendations shall be in writing and shall contain specific issues raised by the Commission and be directed to the appropriate authority for action. Any oral presentation by any Commission member shall be permitted solely to clarify the written recommendation. Any presentation by any Commission member which goes beyond clarifying the written recommendation shall be considered a personal recommendation.

B.    All written recommendations shall specify the Commission's vote on the issue. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)

2.42.100 Staff Support.

To the extent required and necessary, the Pierce County Community Connections Department shall provide staff support to the Commission. (Ord. 2011-73 § 1 (part), 2011)