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Section Three – Commission Membership | By-Laws and Standing Procedure

Commission members shall be appointed for a period of three years.  For Commission vacancies concerning unexpired terms of office, all replacements shall serve the remainder of the term of the vacated Commission position.  The Executive Director and/or Commission staff will keep the Commission updated on upcoming vacancies and will coordinate with the Vice-chair to seek and review potential Commissioners.

Any member missing three consecutive meetings without an excused absence will be asked to resign in the best interest of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Commissioners must build and maintain a relationship with the African American community they represent.
  • Commissioners must study programs and services, identify and analyze problems and needs of the African American community.
  • Commissioners must interpret community opinions, attitudes, and needs to the Commission for transmittal to agencies, the Legislature, and the Governor.
  • Commissioners may offer new proposals and recommend changes in programs, policies and standards.
  • Commissioners must foster a cooperative and supportive team approach with other members of the Commission, Executive Director and staff as well as the community at large.
  • Commissioners must represent the Commission in a positive manner and must remember that when speaking with the media, that they must not give personal opinions.
  • Commissioners, as individuals, must use discretion to avoid the appearance of speaking for the Commission unless specifically authorized to do so.
  • Commissioners must represent the Commission and its policies, mission and reputation.