Chapter 2.03
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Sections:

2.03.010    General.

2.03.020    Terms.

2.03.025    Removal.

2.03.030    Limited terms.

2.03.040    Executive’s terms.

2.03.050    Appointment of noncouncilmembers to boards, commissions and committees.

2.03.060    Appointment of planning commission members.

2.03.070    Confirmation of executive appointments.

2.03.080    Review of nominees and executive appointees.

2.03.090    Vacancies on citizen boards, committees and commissions.

2.03.100    Qualifications.

2.03.010 General.

The requirements of this chapter shall not supersede the requirements specified in the enabling ordinance for any board, commission, or committee. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A).

2.03.020 Terms.

A. Appointments to boards, committees and commissions of noncouncilmembers made by the council shall be for a term no longer than four years, unless specified differently in the enabling statute.

B. The terms of all appointments to boards, committees and commissions of noncouncilmembers made by the council shall expire on January 31st of the specified year, except for those appointments made to fill an incomplete term, in which case it shall be for the balance of that term.

C. Term lengths for those members first appointed to boards, committees and commissions that are newly created or are returning from hiatus with a majority or more of positions vacant shall be staggered so that the terms of future members do not expire on the same date. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2016-074 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Res. 83-19 (part); Res. 80-13 § 1 (part)).

2.03.025 Removal.

In circumstances where the council has the authority to remove from office a member of a board, committee, or commission prior to the expiration of the board, committee or commission member’s term of office, the council shall make such removal only upon the proper grounds specified in law. In the absence of such guidance in law, the council shall not remove a member from office without having given the member an opportunity to be heard by the council, if so requested. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Res. 83-19 (part); Res. 80-13 § 1 (part)).

2.03.030 Limited terms.

A. A member may be appointed to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms, regardless of whether that member has served a partial term of less than four years.

B. No board, commission or committee member shall serve more than two consecutive full terms; however, after serving two consecutive full terms, a citizen may become eligible for reappointment to a board, commission or committee after a one-year period of separation from the respective board, commission or committee on which he or she has previously served.

C. Term limits do not apply to the annual appointment of Whatcom County councilmembers to various county and community boards, commissions, or committees, unless specified in the enabling ordinance. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Res. 80-13 § 2).

2.03.040 Executive’s terms.

Those positions to which the county council appoints the executive to serve shall be for the executive’s term of office. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Res. 80-13 § 3).

2.03.050 Appointment of noncouncilmembers to boards, commissions and committees.

For appointment by the council of noncouncilmembers to those boards, commissions and committees performing either an administrative or a legislative function, the council shall publish vacancies on its website and include an application deadline of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at which nominations and possible votes to appoint are scheduled to occur. Councilmembers shall make nominations from the list of applicants at this same regularly scheduled council meeting. Nominations for appointment to any position having a residency requirement as to council district shall be made only by the councilmembers from the district or the councilmember at large. Appointment of the nominees shall occur by an affirmative roll-call vote by a majority of the entire council. In the case of only one applicant for a given vacancy, nomination and appointment by general consent may occur. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2014-044 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Ord. 91-030 (part). Formerly 2.03.060).

2.03.060 Appointment of planning commission members.

Councilmembers will follow the procedure set forth in WCC 2.03.050 when making nominations and appointments to the planning commission. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part). Formerly 2.03.065).

2.03.070 Confirmation of executive appointments.

A. Council confirmation of executive appointments shall be handled in the following manner: The executive shall present in writing to the council office, no later than seven days before the council meeting at which action is requested, the names of his appointments, positions and terms to which they are to be appointed, information on the appointees’ qualifications or background, and any other information the executive deems appropriate, except in the case of executive appointments to executive and administrative offices, in which case this information shall include a job description and a resume. This information shall also be made available upon request to the public.

B. The council shall confirm or reject appointments by the county executive within 30 days of the date the names are submitted to it; failure to act within this time period shall cause the appointees to be deemed confirmed. Confirmation or rejection shall be by an affirmative vote by a majority of the entire council. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 93-003 Attachment E (part); Ord. 91-030 (part)).

2.03.080 Review of nominees and executive appointees.

A. Councilmembers will individually be responsible for meeting or contacting individuals nominated to serve on a board, commission, or committee, and individuals whose appointment by the executive is scheduled for confirmation by the council, prior to the council’s consideration of the nomination or request for confirmation.

B. The council chairperson may arrange for the council interview of the nominee or the recommended executive appointee prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at which appointment or confirmation will be considered.

C. The names of recommended appointees by the executive, and the names of nominees by councilmembers, shall be published on the agenda for the council meeting at which action is to be taken in filling a position or confirming an appointment. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A. Formerly 2.03.075).

2.03.090 Vacancies on citizen boards, committees and commissions.

A. The clerk of the council shall cause to be compiled and published annually a listing of vacancies and anticipated vacancies on all citizen boards, committees and commissions within the appointive jurisdiction of both the council and the executive.

B. The listing shall state the title and term of office of each position, residency requirements (if any), the appointing authority, and an address and telephone number for obtaining further information or for making applications. The listing shall also include a brief description of the duties of each position and information on when the regular meetings of the body in question are held.

C. The listing shall be posted in conspicuous places in the Courthouse, provided to all county councilmembers, public libraries and city halls in the county, and be made available to the public and news media at no charge.

D. Persons expressing an interest in applying for appointment to a council-appointed position on a board, commission or committee shall be given an application form to complete and file with the clerk, giving his or her name, address, telephone number, occupation and relevant qualifications. The applications shall be kept on file in the clerk’s office.

E. Persons expressing an interest in applying for appointment to an executive-appointed position on a board, commission or committee shall be given an application form to complete and file with the executive’s office, giving his or her name, address, telephone number, occupation and relevant qualifications. The applications shall be kept on file in the executive’s office.

F. In fulfilling the obligations of this section, the clerk shall seek the cooperation of the executive and may accomplish his or her obligations through joint action with the executive’s office. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2017-007 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 91-030 (part). Formerly 2.03.080).

2.03.100 Qualifications.

To qualify for appointment by the council and/or executive to fill any vacancy on a board, committee or commission, a person shall be a qualified registered voter and resident of the district, agency, or group he or she is appointed to represent on a specific board, committee or commission, meeting all of the qualifications of Section 4.20 of the Whatcom County Charter. Individuals who have declared candidacy (as defined in RCW 42.17A.005(7)) for a paid elected office in any jurisdiction within the county are not eligible for appointment while he or she is a candidate, but shall be eligible for: (A) appointment as the official representative of an entity he or she is currently elected to, or (B) reappointment to additional terms, as allowed by the Whatcom County Code, to the same board or committee he or she was on prior to declaration of candidacy. (Ord. 2019-008 Exh. A; Ord. 2017-007 Exh. A; Ord. 2010-045 Exh. A; Ord. 2001-028 Exh. A; Ord. 95-006 Exh. A; Ord. 91-030 (part). Formerly 2.03.090).