Thursday, January 22, 2015

Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Applications Due April 1st!

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 April 1st, 2015, to the Office of the City Clerk.

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


Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks – Applicants must reside in and be representatives from the 4th District.

The Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks “will assist the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in providing resources, promoting and providing quality recreational programs, natural environments and safe facilities, all of which enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Richmond. Board members will serve as advocates on behalf of the citizens of the city of Richmond.”
(Richmondgov.com/parks/AdvisoryBoard.aspx)


Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board – Applicants must be residents of the city who are caregivers of at least one disabled person.

“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)


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:

a.      Representative of an electrical contractor;
b.      Licensed professional engineer in private practice actively engaged in the design of electrical systems for buildings;
c.       Representative of a public electric power utility;
d.      Citizen with knowledge of electrical systems.

The Board of Building Code 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 shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise.”
(Ord. No. 2014-163-153)


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:

a.      Certified master plumber;
b.      Representative of a mechanical contractor;
c.       Licensed professional engineer actively engaged in the design of mechanical systems for buildings;
d.      Licensed professional engineer in private practice engaged in the design of plumbing systems for buildings;
e.       Citizen with knowledge of plumbing systems or mechanical systems or both.

The Board of Building Code 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 shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise.”
(Ord. No. 2014-163-153)


Capital Area Alcohol Safety Action ProgramApplicants 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)


Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc. Board of Directors – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

“The purposes of the [Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc.] are to: (1) provide services and assistance pursuant to the Community Services Block Grant Act (1998), to work towards the elimination of the causes of poverty, (2) stimulate the Richmond region to mobilize resources to combat poverty and the causes of poverty, (3) promote the education, economic, social and spiritual development of Richmond region poverty communities, and (4) receive and disburse financial assistance related to carrying out the above purposes.”
(Bylaws of the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc.)


Capital Region Airport Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city.

“’The Capital Region Airport Commission’ shall be responsible for the establishment, management and operation of airports and air navigation facilities for the city of Richmond and for the political subdivisions which shall become members of ‘The Capital Region Airport Commission.’”
(Res. No. 75-R142-142)



Central Virginia Waste Management Authority Board of Directors – Applicants must reside 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
Central Virginia Waste Management Authority)



Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond

“The purpose of this committee is to advise the [Metropolitan Planning Organization] on issues, plans, studies, and matters necessary and appropriate for providing viable and reasonable citizen input.” 
(Bylaws of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2013)


City Planning Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

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 of Richmond.

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 Criminal Justice Board - Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

1) Citizen of the city; or
2) Public defender or an attorney who is experienced in the defense of criminal matters who works in the city.

The Community Criminal Justice Board shall "serve as a planning and advisory body to the city for developing, monitoring, and evaluating community corrections programs that will provide the judicial system with sentencing alternatives for certain individuals who meet the eligibility criteria".
(Richmond Community Criminal Justice Board Bylaws, amended January 2011)


Community Policy and Management Team – Applicants must reside or work within the city. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      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
b.      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)


Economic Development Authority – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

The purpose of the Economic Development Authority “is to promote industry and develop trade by inducing manufacturing, industrial, government and commercial enterprise to locate in or remain in the city of Richmond, further the economic well-being of the citizens of the city, increase their commerce and promote their safety, health, welfare, convenience and prosperity. The purpose is also to achieve the objectives established by the [authority] to provide additional employment for all levels of the community, to promote economic stability and growth in the community, and to assist in meeting the city’s development objectives.”
(Bylaws of the Economic Development Authority)


Green City Commission – Applicants must have demonstrated knowledge of and experience with renewable energy and renewable portfolio standards.

The Green City Commission shall:
(1)   Provide expertise and information to the city to support the sustainability efforts of the city;
(2)   Consult with the state government and other local governments with regard to such governments’ sustainability efforts and methods;
(3)   Recommend changes to the Code of the city of Richmond (including the city’s zoning regulations and building codes), the Code of Virginia and other laws as necessary to implement sustainable methods in the city of Richmond;
(4)   Encourage the adoption of sustainable business and building approaches by the private sector; and
(5)   Prepare and submit an annual report to the Council by December 31 of each year.
(Richmond City Code Sec. 2-1077)


Highway Safety Commission – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Citizen and qualified voter of the city. Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond; or
b.      Expert in transportation safety. Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

“The commission shall have the responsibility for recommending to the Council plans for the formulation of a highway safety program for the city of Richmond and the responsibility of a periodic review of the operation and effect of such program.”
(Res. No. 97-R128-129)


Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board - Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:


a. Person who resides in a census tract within the city of Richmond with a poverty rate of at least 25%.
b. Business owner or a representative of a business with a workforce made up of employees, the majority of whom reside in the city of Richmond.
c. A representative of a college or university located within the city of Richmond with expertise in studying poverty or in program evaluation.
d. Resident of the city of Richmond.


"The board shall monitor, evaluate and provide advice and recommendations to the mayor and a Human Services manager concerning the city's poverty reduction and wealth building initiatives and the city's progress towards achieving its poverty reduction objectives."
(Ord. No. 2014-234-215) 


Minority Business Enterprise and Emerging Small Business Advisory Board – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Resident of the city; or
b.      Representative of a minority business enterprise who resides or works in the city.

“The board shall provide advice and recommendations to the City Council and the mayor on matters concerning the development of strategies, policies and operational procedures to achieve the city’s goals to expand and improve recruitment, retention and contracting in all businesses and industries for minority business enterprises and emerging small businesses in the city and provide a report of the Board’s advice and recommendations upon the request of either the City Council or the mayor.”
(Ord No. 2011-130-142)



Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) – All applicants will 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 Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)Applicants must reside or work in the city.

The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority “enhances the quality of life for the people of Richmond by promoting and providing quality behavioral health and developmental services that are available, accessible, and cost-effective.”
(RBHA Mission Statement, Annual Report, 2012)



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 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)


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)   Registered professional engineer;
(2)   Registered architect; or
(3)   Representative of the Commission of Architectural Review.

“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 who are certified landscape architects.

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; and
(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)



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