Chapter 2.95
HUMAN SERVICES CITIZENS' ADVISORY BOARD Revised 3/18

Sections:

2.95.010    Board Created. Revised 3/18

2.95.020    Purpose, Function, and Objectives.

2.95.030    Membership, Composition, Term of Office.

2.95.035    Vacancies.

2.95.040    Resignation from Office. Revised 3/18

2.95.050    Removal from Office.

2.95.060    Officers.

2.95.070    Meetings. Revised 3/18

2.95.080    Quorum.

2.95.090    Committees. Revised 3/18

2.95.100    Conflict of Interest. Revised 3/18

2.95.010 Board Created. Revised 3/18

There is created a Human Services Citizens' Advisory Board (Board), consolidating the functions and purposes of the Housing and Community Development and the Community Action Citizens' Advisory Boards. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.020 Purpose, Function, and Objectives.

The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to assist the County in the implementation of federal/state programs and activities, including those authorized under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and the Community Service Block Grant Act of 1981, as they now stand or may be amended.

Specific Board objectives shall be to: assess and determine community needs, particularly those of low-income persons; reduce the impact of poverty and homelessness on families and individuals by providing services which ease those conditions; assist the upward mobility of low-income persons by providing a continuum of services, including education and employment opportunities; prioritize needs and recommend program activities and funding levels.

(Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.030 Membership, Composition, Terms of Office.

Members of the Board shall be appointed by the Pierce County Executive and confirmed by a majority of the Pierce County Council, consistent with Pierce County Charter Section 3.30.

The Board shall consist of a minimum of 9 members and a maximum of 15 members. The membership of this Board shall represent Pierce County Cities and Towns, target groups served, and unincorporated areas. Members shall serve without compensation. Terms of office shall be for three years, and limited to two consecutive terms.

After the Board is created, the initial terms of members shall be staggered as follows:

A.    Seven members shall be appointed for one year;

B.    Seven members shall be appointed for two years; and

C.    Seven members shall be appointed for three years.

One-third shall be elected public officials or their representatives, or appointed public officials if elected officials willing to serve cannot be found. At least one-third shall be representative of low-income individuals and families in the neighborhoods served. The remaining one-third shall be officials or members of business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, or other major community groups.

Applicants shall be selected based upon their qualifications and the needs of the Board to reflect the diverse population of the County, including but not limited to economic status, age, race, gender, geographic areas, and special needs.

(Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.035 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring for any reason other than the expiration of a term of office shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term. (Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013)

2.95.040 Resignation from Office. Revised 3/18

Any member desiring to resign from the Board shall submit their intent to resign in writing to the Board and to the Department of Human Services. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.050 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the Board for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.060 Officers.

When the Board has been duly created, the members shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair. (Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.070 Meetings. Revised 3/18

The regular meetings of the Board shall be held a minimum of six times per year, unless otherwise ordered by the Board, the Chair, or the Director of the Department of Human Services. Meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act stated in Chapter 42.30 RCW.

Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by the Director of the Department of Human Services. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least ten days notice shall be given.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.080 Quorum.

One member over one half of the membership shall constitute a quorum. A simple majority vote of the quorum is needed to conduct business of the Board. (Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.090 Committees. Revised 3/18

Any committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board, or by the Director of the Department of Human Services, as is deemed necessary to carry on the work of the Board. The Chair shall be an ex-officio Member of all Committees. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)

2.95.100 Conflict of Interest Revised 3/18

No member of the Human Services Citizens' Advisory Board may vote on a Board recommendation if the result would financially benefit an agency or organization of which the Member is a decision-making officer, or is in a position of authority or responsibility.

It is the responsibility of each Board Member to declare potential conflicts of interest. The Chair shall be responsible for mediating differences of opinion on these matter as they may arise.

Board Members are not precluded from receiving program services for which they are eligible.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2013-43 § 4 (part), 2013; Ord. 96-104 § 2 (part), 1996)