Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Applications Due June 15, 2018


Would you like to play an active role in the governance of your city? Consider applying for appointment to one of the over 50 boards and commissions to which the Richmond City Council makes appointments.
In order to be considered for appointment to one of the following vacancies, please submit your application by Friday, June 15, 2018, to the Office of the City Clerk.

The Office of the City Clerk is now accepting applications for the following vacancies:


Advisory Board for the Assessment of Towing Fees and the Storage of Vehicles – Applicants must be towing and recovery operators who reside or have a principal place of business in the city.

The Advisory Board for the Assessment of Towing Fees and the Storage of Vehicles was created “to advise the city with regard to the appropriate provisions of any ordinance that may be adopted by the city regarding” towing fees and the storage of vehicles.
(Ord. No. 2006-R148-154)


Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board – Applicants must reside or have a principal place of business within the city. Additionally, applicants must be either be:
  1. A representative of an organization dedicated to promoting affordable housing, or
  2. A housing counselor.

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board was created "for the purpose of overseeing administration of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund ... and the programs for which the fund provides."
(Ord. No. 2014-167-160)


Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board – Applicants must be either an attorney or paralegal (i) whose firm or office routinely represents or handles cases for senior citizens or persons with disabilities, (ii) who has experience addressing issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and (iii) who shall not be required to be a resident of or have a principal place of business in the city.
“The board shall provide advice and recommendations to the Council on matters concerning senior citizens and disabled persons and provide a report of the board’s advice and recommendations as required … and upon the request of the Council. The board shall also work with the residents of the city, the City Administration, the Council and businesses to develop and increase access to consumer-oriented and community-based services for senior citizens and disabled persons. In addition, the board shall develop and make available for public comment an assessment of local needs and priorities for senior citizens and disabled persons and shall provide the assessment to the Council in the form of a report.”
(Ord. No. 2011-150-158)


Audit Committee – The successful applicant must either reside or work in the city and be a member of the business community.

“An audit committee is hereby established to assist the City Council in the Council’s discharge of its responsibilities for the financial management of the city, specifically in the areas under the charge of the Director of Finance which are subject to audit by the City Auditor pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 8 of the Charter.

The duties of the Audit Committee shall be the following:
  1. Reviewing significant financial information for appropriateness, reliability and timeliness;
  2. Ascertaining the existence and adequacy of accounting and internal control systems and the adequacy of safeguards for the assets of the city;
  3. Overseeing audit functions;
  4. Making recommendations to the Council concerning selection and termination of external auditors;
  5. Reviewing annual financial reports of the city and results of audit examinations;
  6. Evaluate internal control functions; 
  7. Reviewing interim financial information;
  8. Evaluating financial management systems and results of operations of the city;
  9. Monitoring and overseeing the inspector general activities undertaken by the office of the City Auditor pursuant to Section 2-231 of [the City] Code;
  10. Making periodic reports, no less frequently than once every six months, to the mayor and the Council concerning the inspector general activities undertaken by the office of the City Auditor pursuant to Section 2-231 of [the City] Code during the time since the last such report;
  11. Reviewing and approving the annual work plan of the Office of the City Auditor.”
(Richmond City Code Sec. 2-1056)


Board of Building Code Appeals, Electrical Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Representative of an electrical contractor;
  2. Licensed professional engineer in private practice actively engaged in the design of electrical systems for buildings;
  3. Representative of a public electric power utility;
  4. Citizen with knowledge of electrical systems.
The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals.”
(Virginia Code Sec. 36-105)

The divisions of the [Board of Building Code Appeals] shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise.”
(Richmond City Code Sec. 5-34)


Board of Building Code Appeals, General Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Licensed general contractor engaged primarily in the building of commercial buildings and structures;
  2. Licensed architect or licensed engineer, who is currently engaged in the active design of buildings and structures; or
  3. Citizen with knowledge of the building construction trade.

The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals.”
(Virginia Code Sec. 36-105)

The divisions of the [Board of Building Code Appeals] shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise.”
(Richmond City Code Sec. 5-34)


Board of Building Code Appeals, Plumbing and Mechanical Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Certified master plumber;
  2. Representative of a mechanical contractor;
  3. Licensed professional engineer actively engaged in the design of mechanical systems for buildings;
  4. Licensed professional engineer in private practice engaged in the design of plumbing systems for buildings;
  5. Citizen with knowledge of plumbing systems or mechanical systems or both.
The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals.”
(Virginia Code Sec. 36-105)

The divisions of the [Board of Building Code Appeals] shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise.”
(Richmond City Code Sec. 5-34)


Capital Area Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Advisory Board – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The purpose of the Capital Area Alcohol Safety Action Program is to “establish and, if established, operate alcohol safety action programs or driver alcohol treatment and rehabilitation programs or driver alcohol education programs in connection with highway safety.”
(Res. No. 84-R247-234)


Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) Board of Directors – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. 

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority’s “purposes are to plan, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, extend, operate, contract for and maintain any garbage and refuse collection, transfer and disposal program or system including waste reduction, waste material recovery, recycling as mandated by law or otherwise, resource recovery, waste incineration, landfill operation, ash management, sludge disposal from water and wastewater treatment facilities, household hazardous waste management and disposal and similar programs or systems, within one or more of the member localities.”
(First Amended Articles of Incorporation of the CVWMA)


Citizen Advisory Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration –Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond and meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Resident of a community within the city where correctional resident-based services, establishments providing alternatives to incarceration or correctional facilities are located;
  2. At-large resident of the city;
  3. Richmond Public Schools;
  4. Workforce development agency;
  5. Small minority business development organization;
  6. Technical educational institution;
  7. Higher educational institution;
  8. Law enforcement;
  9. State or local department of social services;
  10. Administrator of a community-based corrections program;\Faith-based community organization; or
  11. Business community.
The Citizen Advisory Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration “shall provide advice and recommendations to the City Council and the mayor, from the perspective of the residents of the city, concerning the factors affecting the reduction in population at the Justice Center and the external impact of the presence of the Justice Center, community-based service facilities and other establishments providing alternatives to incarceration on communities within the city and provide a report of the commission’s advice and recommendations upon the request of either the City Council or the mayor. In particular, the commission shall work with residents of communities within the city, the City Administration, administrators of the Justice Center and organizations providing community-based services or alternatives to incarceration to address how correctional facilities, community-based service facilities and other establishments providing alternatives to incarceration within communities affect property values, real estate taxes, police and fire services and public safety. The commission shall also monitor and assess performance indicators that measure long-term benefits of alternatives to incarceration and community-based service centers and programs.”
(Ord. No. 2012-16-196)


City Planning Commission – Applicants shall be qualified voters of the city of Richmond who hold no office of profit under the city government.

It shall be the duty of the commission to make and adopt a master plan which with accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive matter shall show the commission’s recommendations for the development of the territory covered by the plan…It shall be the further duty and function of the commission to preserve historical landmarks and to control the design and location of statuary and other works of art which are or may become the property of the city.
(City Charter Sec. 17.04-5)


Clean City Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city.

The Clean City Commission shall achieve visible improvements in the manner in which the local environment is maintained with noticeable reductions in the amount of litter and illegal dumping by improving public awareness and public responsibility, providing insight on litter control and dumping ordinances, and working with agencies to reduce illegal dumping.
(Res. No. 92-R377-93-21)


Commission of Architectural Review – Applicants must be citizens of the city.

The Commission of Architectural Review “shall have the power and authority to issue or deny certificates of appropriateness for construction, alteration, reconstruction, repair, restoration, or demolition within any old and historic districts.” The commission shall also “undertake studies for the Planning Commission and the City Council on historic resources of the city for the master plan and other planning efforts.”
(Ord. No. 2014-73-53)


Community Policy and Management Team – Applicants must reside or work within the city. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. A parent representative who receives or has received services for the representative’s child or foster child through one or more of the agencies participating in the Community Policy and Management Team, or
  2. A representative of a private organization located within the city that (i) serves children and families in the city, (ii) has a provider contract with the city’s Comprehensive Services Act office, (iii) is in compliance with its provider contract and (iv) is properly licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services as a provider of services to children and families.

“The Community Policy and Management Team shall be responsible for managing the cooperative effort to serve the needs of troubled and at-risk youth and their families and to ensure that state and community resources are employed to their maximum utility and effect.”
(Res. No. 2012-R150-155)


Greater Richmond Transit Company – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Greater Richmond Transit Company was organized "for the purpose of providing mass transportation service as a public service corporation."
(Res. No. 73-R44-45)


Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) – All applicants may be considered.

“The [Richmond Ambulance] Authority is created … to provide emergency ambulance service originating in the City of Richmond, non-emergency ambulance service within the Commonwealth of Virginia, mutual aid to other jurisdictions upon the request of such jurisdictions, and to conduct such other activities as may be reasonably related to doing so.”
(Articles of Incorporation of the RAA)


Richmond Public Library Board – Applicants must be qualified voters of the city of Richmond.

“The Richmond Public Library Board shall have the management and control of the public libraries of the city and shall have such powers and duties with respect thereto as are conferred or imposed on it by the Code of Virginia and by ordinance.”

(By-Laws of the Richmond Public Library Board)


Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) – Applicants must reside or work in the city.

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority seeks to “allow RRHA to lift Richmond’s neighborhoods, while providing economic opportunities and expanded housing options for an improved way of life for public housing residents and those seeking quality affordable housing.”
(www.rrha.org, Strategic Plan)


Richmond Regional Planning District Commission – Applicants must be qualified voters of the city of Richmond.

The purpose of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission is “to promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the Planning District by planning and encouraging and assisting governmental subdivisions to plan for the future.”
(Charter Agreement of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission)


Sister Cities Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Sister Cities Commission “shall develop and foster a sister city affiliation and program through the auspices of Sister Cities International or other qualified organizations. The commission shall be charged with strengthening the ties between the city of Richmond and any sister city or cities and making Richmond’s many assets more widely known through sister city affiliation.” 
(Res. No. 2009-R101-111)


Slave Trail Commission – Applicants must either reside or work in the city.
 (Res. No. 2004-R125-131)


Social Services Advisory Board – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

“The Social Services Advisory Board shall have the powers and duties to:
  1. Interest itself in all matters pertaining to the social services of the people of the city;
  2. Monitor the formulation and implementation of social services programs in the city;
  3. Meet with the director of the Department of Social Services at least quarterly for the purpose of making recommendations on policy matters concerning the department;
  4. Make an annual report concerning the administration of the social services program to the City Council concurrently with presentation of the department’s proposed budget for any upcoming fiscal year; and
  5. Submit to the City Council, from time to time, any other report concerning social services that the advisory board deems appropriate to bring to the attention of the Council."
(Richmond City Code Sec. 2-604)


Urban Design Committee – Applicants must either reside or work in the city of Richmond. Additionally, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Member of a recognized local organization in one of the various fields of static arts; or
  2. Registered professional engineer.
“The Committee shall, upon request of the City Planning Commission, advise the Commission on matters of an aesthetic nature in connection with the performance of the Commission … The Committee shall also have the power and authority to review and approve or disapprove applications for Design Overlay District design review.”
(Ord. No. 2000-24-39)


Urban Forestry Commission – Applicants must be residents of the city or certified arborists.

The Urban Forestry Commission shall:
  1. Advise the director of Public Works regarding rules, regulations and policies promulgated under the city’s Municipal Tree Policy and any revisions thereof.
  2. Recommend to the Council any legislation, plans, policies and programs complementary to the intent and purpose of the city’s Municipal Tree Policy.
  3. Facilitate the development and adoption of a tree maintenance and management plan for city-owned trees.
  4. Assist with public relations and education programs to increase public understanding of urban forestry issues, including programs developed by the Department of Public Works, the Tree Stewards, the Friends of Urban Forestry and civic associations.
  5. Work with interested private organizations to raise money for projects involving city-owned trees and programs developed by the Department of Public Works.
  6. Prepare and submit an annual report to the Council and make presentations on an annual basis and as requested by the Council.
  7. Ensure the continuation of the commission’s purpose by annually providing a list of qualified candidates for expiring terms, if any, for consideration by the mayor and the Council by May 30 of each year.
  8. Develop and assist with the adoption of a more comprehensive Municipal Tree Policy and present progress reports on its efforts in this regard to the Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee upon the committee’s request. 
(Ord. No. 2011-102-113)