[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County: Subtitle I, 11-28-1995 as Bill No. 95-18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-28-1995 as Bill No. 95-18]
Establishment. There is hereby established the Worcester County Commission for Women which shall be an executive commission of Worcester County.
Purpose. The purpose of the Commission is to promote a positive image for women by assisting them in achieving economic, social and political equality.
Regular members. The Commission for Women shall consist of eleven persons, all of whom shall reside in Worcester County. Of the eleven, one member shall serve from each of the seven districts from which County Commissioners are elected and shall be nominated by the Commissioner from that district. The Commissioners shall solicit nominations from women's organizations and the citizens of Worcester County in order to make appointments for the other four at-large committee members.
[Amended 8-20-2002 by Bill No. 02-11]
Ex-officio members. The Commissioners shall also appoint four ex-officio members to the Commission. One such member shall be appointed as a member or employee of each of the following County departments or agencies: the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Worcester County Board of Education, and a Worcester County public safety agency (Emergency Services, Sheriff's Office, Fire Marshal's Office, County Jail or State's Attorney's Office). Such appointees shall not represent the County Commissioners, but shall serve as voting members of the Commission with ex-officio terms of three years.
[Amended 3-18-2003 by Bill No. 03-4; 6-20-2006 by Bill No. 06-5]
Appointment. Members shall be appointed by the County Commissioners.
Terms. The term of membership shall be three years. Terms of memberships shall be, at all times, staggered so that the terms of two of the at-large members shall expire at one time, the terms of the seven district members shall expire at one time one year thereafter, and the terms of the other two at-large members shall expire at one time two years thereafter. No term shall be shortened by the enactment hereof, but future appointments shall comply herewith.
[Amended 8-20-2002 by Bill No. 02-11]
Powers and duties. The Commission shall have such duties in furtherance of its purpose, as from time to time assigned by or approved by the County Commissioners.
Status as county agency. The Commission shall have the status as a county agency, subject to the provisions hereof and shall specifically be subject to the Worcester County Ethics Law, Title 5 of the County Government Article, and Subtitle V (Indemnification Provision) of Title 4 of the County Government Article.
Limitation. The Commission shall have no power to bind the county or to expend any county funds unless approved by the County Commissioners.
Meetings. The Commission shall meet at least monthly, unless otherwise determined by the Commission.
Compensation. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
Bylaws and rules of procedure. The Commission may adopt bylaws and rules of procedure which shall be subject to the approval of the County Commissioners.
Election of officers. The Commission shall annually elect officers as determined necessary and appropriate by the Commission or in accordance with its bylaws which shall, in any event, include a Chairperson.
Rules of membership.
In the event of a vacancy, the Commission may submit a list of qualified applicants for the vacant membership to the County Commissioners for consideration for appointment.
No member shall serve more than six consecutive years, except for any person appointed as an initial member, who may serve six consecutive years in addition to the initial term.
Any member who fails to attend three regularly scheduled meetings during the course of one calendar year may be dismissed by the County Commissioners.
Any member wishing to resign shall do so, in writing, to the County Commissioners.