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OFFICE OF HUMAN RELATIONS
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COMMISSION MEMBERS

Purpose

The Commission

Duties & Responsibilities

Nominations

Vacancies

Removal

Compensation

Conflict of Interest


PURPOSE
The OHRCC Commission encourages the reconciliation, by peaceful means of problems that tend to create tension – tension between individuals and groups of people of diverse circumstances and interests, tension between citizens and County government. The Commission also promotes the improvement of human relations, as well as the protection of civil rights and liberties, through educational programs and the enactment of necessary ordinance by the County Legislature.

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THE COMMISSION  
The Commission is composed of eight county residents, who hold no other County office and are appointed by the County Executive, in such a manner that the membership of the Commission shall be composed of one, but not more than two, residents of the same legislative district.

The County Executive designates one member as Chairman of the Commission.

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COMMISSION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Select, evaluate and, if deemed necessary, remove the Director/Ombudsman 
 
Advise the Director/Ombudsman 
 
Meet no less frequently than once a month 
 
Receive appeals and hold hearings 
 
Subpoena witnesses and require production of documents 
 
Review and advise the Director/Ombudsman regarding the proposed annual budget prior to submission to the County Executive.

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NOMINATIONS
The OHRCC director shall alert the County Executive and members of the Legislature 60 days in advance of the conclusion of any commissioner’s terms in order that legislators may submit names to the Executive for possible appointments.

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VACANCIES
In the event of a resignation, ineligibility or other such cause of vacancy, the County Executive shall appoint a new person to complete that commissioner’s term.

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REMOVAL
Once appointed, the term of a commissioner is irrevocable.

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COMPENSATION
Members of the commission shall be reimbursed at a rate of $50.00 per meeting, not to exceed more than $1,000.00 for each calendar year. Meetings shall be interpreted to include hearings, regular and special meetings of the commission, and meetings of commission committees.

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST  
All commissioners are subject to the Charter and other County ordinances prohibiting conflict of interest.

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