The Board shall consist of no more than seventeen (17) members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Membership of the Board will reflect the diversity of residents of the City of Wichita, including ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and age. Board members selected should be individuals with an interest or experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and/or civil rights.
In the Board’s first year, appointments shall be limited to a total of 11 individuals, seven of whom will be the individual appointments of the Mayor and Council Members pursuant to Section 3(k) and four of whom will be at-large appointments by the Mayor from the groups identified in Section 3(a-j), all of which are to be approved by the City Council.
The City Manager will assign staff to serve as the ex officio secretary to Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights Advisory Board for purposes of gathering data from city departments, maintaining records, minutes and the handling of administrative matters without the right to vote or to perform any other function than provide administrative services, with the oversight of the Board’s Secretary. The ex officio secretary will submit minutes to the City staff liaison to post along with the agenda package.
Any member of the advisory board shall be removed from office by the City Council after due notice and hearing for nonattendance at three consecutive meetings, or for absence of more than fifty percent of the meetings held during any twelve-month period of time. A meeting canceled for lack of a quorum is considered a meeting for purposes of recording attendance. The ex officio secretary will provide written notice to the non-attending board or commission member and the City Manager. A vacancy shall be declared unless the board member requests a hearing before the City Council within ten days after notice is provided.
Each member of the advisory board shall disclose any conflict of interest, as defined in the bylaws to be adopted by the Board, as may arise in connection with matters being considered by the advisory board of which they are a member and shall refrain from discussing or voting on any such matters. All appointments shall be made to city boards and commissions by written notice of appointment, which notice shall clearly state that such appointment is made subject to all the provisions outlined within, the term of the appointment, and that members so appointed may be removed by the City Council for violation of any of the rules and regulations hereby established.
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