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Last Updated: 2014-04-10

Richmond City Council Appointments to Boards, Commissions, Committees and Task Forces

Critical to the foundation of our resident-run government, each year Richmond City Council regularly establishes and/or appoints members to serve on approximately 50 local and regional government and non-government boards, commissions, committees and task forces, which range in responsibilities or scope from advisory to policy to governing. Those appointments provide important additional intellectual assistance on behalf of subjects and undertakings that help shape the quality of our lives, neighborhoods and community. Richmond City Council makes appointments throughout the year as vacancies occur and new entities are created. Most appointed positions are volunteer/non-paid.

Membership and service on these entities provides individuals with additional opportunities to participate with and learn more about local and regional government and other non-government entities. Service on an entity enables individuals to use their education, experience, skills and abilities on behalf of their community and all interested individuals are invited and encouraged to apply to serve.

Each entity has individual membership terms that range from a few months for project-oriented ones to a few years for more long-term ones. Subject to an individual entity’s governing, incumbents may also be considered for reappointment at the conclusion of their terms and generally may serve up to two successive full terms unless otherwise prohibited.

The amount of individual time commitments vary from entity to entity and could range from a few hours to 20 or more per month. Meeting times, dates, locations and frequency are scheduled as required.

Oversight of appointments to Boards, Commissions and Task Forces is provided by one of the six Richmond City Council Standing Committees that an entity is assigned to, which is assisted by a Richmond City Council Boards and Commissions Administrator.


List/Information on Boards, Commissions, Task Forces

More information regarding the many local and regional government and non-government entities Richmond City Council appoints members to can be found, at: http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/boardscommissions/index.aspx


Applying

Individuals interested in being appointed by Richmond City Council to serve on an entity it appoints members to are invited to review the descriptions, purposes and individual membership requirements and vacancies of those entities and apply online via the Richmond City Council Boards and Commission webpage, at http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/boardscommissions/index.aspx


Appointment Process

Richmond City Council's appointment process for local or regional public government bodies or non-government organizations it appoints members to includes the following:

  1. An application for appointment or reappointment of a member to a local/regional government and non-government entity that Richmond City Council appoints members to is completed by interested applicants and submitted to the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk.

  2. The Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk distributes all applications to the appropriate Richmond City Council Standing Committee for review.

  3. After reviewing each application, the Richmond City Council Standing Committee recommends the applicant deemed most appropriate for each particular position.

  4. Once the Richmond City Council Standing Committees have made their recommendations of applicants, the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk presents the recommendations in the form of a report, which is distributed to all Councilmembers in advance of a Richmond City Council Formal Meeting at which the appointments will be considered.

  5. At any time after the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk has presented the recommendations of the Richmond City Council Standing Committee to Richmond City Council, any Councilmember may make a motion to appoint any or all of the recommended applicants.

  6. Once Richmond City Council has adopted this motion to appoint, the applicants cited in the motion are deemed appointed.

  7. Appointees must take an oath of office, administered by a qualified member of the Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk, following appointment but prior to the next formal meeting of Richmond City Council. If an appointee fails to take the oath of office in this time frame, Council may reconsider the motion, reject that appointee, and appoint a replacement.

Richmond Laws

Richmond's general relevant laws (which are subject to updates/change) are found at:

Richmond Code of Laws
Chapter 2 - Administration
ARTICLE V. - BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER AGENCIES
DIVISION 1. - GENERALLY

https://www.municode.com/library/va/richmond/codes/


CONTACT/MORE INFORMATION

For more/additional information, please contact:

Alexander B. Rawles

Richmond City Council Boards and Commissions Administrator
Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23219 U.S.A.

804.646.4089 (tel)
alexander.rawles@richmondgov.com (email)
http://www.richmondgov.com/cityclerk/ (website)

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