Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Applications Due September 22, 2017



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 noon on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 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 work 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)

Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks – Applicants must reside in and be representatives from the 6th 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)

Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond – Applicants must be persons from the business community or persons with expertise in economic and residential revitalization.
The Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond “shall provide the Council, the mayor and other city agencies with advice concerning strategies and initiatives to improve the economic health of and to promote economic development in certain areas and along certain corridors of South Richmond.”
(Ord. No. 2017-137)

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board – Applicants must be housing counselors who reside or work in the city.
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)

Audit Committee – Applicants must reside or work in the city and be members of the business community. Additionally, applicants must either be licensed by the State Board of Accountancy as a Certified Public Accountant or have experience in the financial services industry.
“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 and 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)

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) 

Clean City Commission – Applicants must be eligible voters of the 4th or 7th Districts or be corporate or citizen volunteers.
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)



Community Criminal Justice Board – Applicants must meet be citizens of 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)

Economic Development Authority – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond and be members of the banking, lending or financial services community or members of the residential, commercial or mixed use development community.
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)

Greater Richmond Transit Company – All applicants may be considered.
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)

Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board - Applicants must reside in a census tract within the city of Richmond with a poverty rate of at least 25%.
"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 reside or work in the city and be representatives of 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 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 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 Retirement System Board of Trustees – Applicants must reside or work in the city.
“The Board of Trustees of the Richmond Retirement System shall have the responsibility of the supervision of the administration of the retirement plan, the determination of eligibility for the receipt of retirement benefits, the award of retirement benefits as authorized by ordinance of the City of Richmond, and such other duties as have heretofore been exercised by the Board of Trustees of the Richmond Retirement System other than fiduciary responsibilities concerning the management, control and investment of the financial resources of the Richmond Retirement System.”
(Section 5B.01 of the Charter of the City of Richmond)

Safe and Healthy Streets Commission - Applicants must be citizens and qualified voters of the city.
"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) 

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 or be members of the “Hope in the Cities” organization.
 (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)

Task Force on the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission – Applicants must be residents of the city.
“The task force shall submit to the Council’s Organizational Development Standing Committee a report containing the task force’s advice and recommendations with regard to the following:
  1. The existence and frequency of suspected violations of the Virginia Human Rights Act…
  2. The appropriate mechanism to address any human rights issues identified by the task force and to promote human rights in the city of Richmond.
  3. Any need to create a Human Rights Commission and the scope of the duties and objectives of any such commission.
  4. If it is determined that there is a need for the creation of a Human Rights Commission, a proposed list of any such commission’s duties…
  5. Potential opportunities for the city of Richmond to establish a dialogue within communities to promote solutions to human rights issues in collaboration with existing groups and organizations in the city of Richmond.
  6. Potential opportunities to educate and provide the public with resources through forums, seminars or other events conducive to discussions about human rights issues with community leaders .
  7. Any impediments to the transparency of human rights investigations, tracking the patterns of complaints or gathering data.
  8. Methods to keep the Council apprised of advancements in human rights.”
(Ord. No. 2016-254)

Urban Design Committee – Applicants must either reside or work in the city of Richmond and be business executives or professionals.
“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)