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HUMAN RELATIONS BOARD GUIDELINES
Courtesy of the City Auditor and Clerk

Establishment: Article I, Section 5, Charter of the City of Sarasota, as implemented by Chapter 18, Human Relations, Sarasota City Code (1986 as amended).

Board Membership - Qualifications and Other Requirements

The membership of the Board shall consist of persons who possess the technical, professional, financial, business or administrative skills necessary to accomplish the work of the Board.

b) Preference shall be given to persons who reside or own property in the City, unless business qualifications or a special expertise warrants an exception to the residency/property ownership criteria.

c) Members shall have reputations for integrity and community service as well as have demonstrated an interest in the type of activity pertaining to the purpose of the Board. Board membership shall be representative of the community at large and reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural makeup of the community.

d) The City Commission makes appointments from submitted applications.

e) Initial appointments to the Board shall be as follows: 3 members shall be chosen to serve for one year; 2 members shall be chosen to serve for two years; and 2 members shall be chosen to serve for three years. Thereafter, all appointees to the Board shall serve for a term of three years.

f) A board member shall be automatically removed from board membership at such time as the member's absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled board meetings, including workshop meetings, in a given calendar year unless the board, by majority vote, plus one (1), waives an absence by finding that unusual circumstances exist which warrant a waiver. A board member shall be considered not to have attended any meeting for which the member was not present for at least seventy-five (75) percent of the time the meeting was in session. Departments responsible for boards shall monitor attendance of board members and shall notify the subject board member when that member's absences, less those waived, exceed fifteen (15) percent of the scheduled meetings held. At that time, the department director or designee shall give notice in writing to the subject board member that automatic removal will occur if absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled meetings in a given calendar year. At such time as a member's absences exceed twenty-five (25) percent of all scheduled meetings, the department director or designee shall notify the city auditor and clerk who shall advise the subject member in writing that the member has automatically been removed from board membership.

g) Meetings are generally held the fourth Tuesday every other month beginning in January at 6:00 pm in the City Commission Chambers.

Contact Person: Stacie Mason, Director of Human Resources, Telephone (941) 951-3634.

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