Friday, October 23, 2015

Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Applications Due December 14th!

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 boards or commissions vacancies, please submit your application by Monday, December 14th, 2015, 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 representatives of the Police Department.

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)




Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks – Applicants must reside in and be representatives from the 1st, 5th, 7th or 9th Districts.

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)




Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board – Applicants must either reside or work in the city of Richmond and be representatives of an organization dedicated to promoting affordable housing.

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board is an entity with supervisory authority and was established “for the purpose of overseeing the administration of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund…and the programs for which the fund provides” The board is charged with reviewing “proposed amendments to the regulations, operational policies and procedures provided for in [the City Code]”. Additionally, the board shall “review and approve annual program allocations within the Affordable Housing Trust Fund as proposed by departments of the city”.


(Ord. No. 2014-167-160)




Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
  1. City resident who is a senior citizen;
  2. Either an attorney or a paralegal (i) whose firm or office routinely represents or handles cases for senior citizens or disabled persons, (ii) who has experience addressing issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and (iii)who shall not be required to be a resident or have a principal place of business in the city;
  3. City resident who is a disabled person;
  4. Representative of the business community.
“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 reside in the city and be either an attorney or a certified public accountant.

“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 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)




Building Code Board of Appeals, General Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

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 Building Code Board of 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. 14-46)




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 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 Fire AppealsApplicants must reside or work in the city. Additionally, applicants should be qualified by experience and training to rule on matters pertaining to building construction and fire prevention.

“The Board of Fire Appeals shall be responsible for hearing appeals arising from the application of the provisions of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.”
(Richmond City Code Section 46.1-81)




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. Alternate members 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 
Central Virginia Waste Management Authority)




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)


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 Personnel Board – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond. 


The Personnel Board shall have the power and shall be required to:

  1. Serve as a hearing panel and hear appeals of grievances filed by any employee in the classified service pursuant to procedures established by the city…
  2. Review and hold public hearings on any proposed personnel rules and forward to the City Council and the Mayor its comments and recommendations relating to any such proposed personnel rule.
  3. Investigate any or all matters relating to conditions of employment in the service of the city.
  4. Receive and investigate complaints regarding alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, and disability from individual employees relating to such individual’s employment with the city…” 
(Richmond City Code Sec. 2-937)


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 be representatives of the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th or 9th Districts.

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. Local educator.
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)



Highway Safety Commission – Applicants must be qualified voters of 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)




Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Inc. Board of Directors - Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

Mission Statement:

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden enlightens and inspires its constituents through its outstanding botanical collections, horticultural displays, and landscape design. We engage our constituents with the natural world through interpretation, programs, educational resources and outreach.We advocate for sustainability and stewardship of our planet.

Vision Statement:

Through botanical, horticultural and educational excellence, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will reveal the unity and integration of human and plant life, celebrate the fundamental significance of the natural world, and enrich our community and beyond.
(http://www.lewisginter.org/about/mission_and_goals.php) 




Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board - Applicants must reside or work in the city and be representatives of a business with a workforce made up of employees, the majority of whom reside in 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.
  1. Resident of the city; or,
  2. Representative of a lender or business other than a minority business enterprise.
"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 “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)



Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Board of Directors – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc. “shall strive to:

  1. Promote the general welfare [of] and serve as an advocate for the aging population in the area of Planning District 15;
  2. Identify unmet needs and problems of the elderly, and seek means to alleviate them;
  3. Work cooperatively with other agencies, organizations, institutions, groups and individuals to achieve common objectives for older citizens;
  4. Provide information about aging and the aging population and about resources available to the elderly and those who serve the needs of the elderly;
  5. Serve as a planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating center for cooperative efforts on behalf of the area’s elderly in accordance with provision of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended;
  6. Advocate for maximum independence in a home environment for older persons capable of self care with appropriate supportive services;
  7. Seek to eliminate individual and social barriers to economic and personal independence for older persons; and
  8. Promote a continuum of care for the frail and impaired elderly.


(Bylaws of Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc.)



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:
Interest itself in all matters pertaining to the social services of the people of the city;
  1. Monitor the formulation and implementation of social services programs in the city;
  2. 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;
  3. 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
  4. 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 landscape architect or a person having demonstrated talent in landscape design;
  2. Citizen of the city.
“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.

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)