[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 6-25-2002 by Res. No. 658-2002; amended in its entirety 3-3-2009 by Res. No. 113-2009 (Ch. 697 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Effective June 2009, biennially a Poet Laureate shall be designated for Suffolk County, to be honored at the first meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature in June every two years, and who shall be known as the "Suffolk County Poet Laureate" for the period of June 1 to May 31 of the following two-year period. The Suffolk County Legislature shall select the Poet Laureate based on the recommendation of a panel consisting of past and present Suffolk County Poet Laureates.
The Poet Laureate panel shall not recommend to the Legislature any person who has been designated as Suffolk County's Poet Laureate in the preceding ten-year period.
The Suffolk County Poet Laureate selection panel shall issue a written report to the Chairperson of the Economic Development, Higher Education, and Energy Committee, or any successor committee thereto, and the Clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature, identifying the individual chosen by the panel as the Poet Laureate, said report to include the criteria used in the selection process, and to be issued no later than April 1 of the year in which the Poet Laureate is to be so designated.