[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 7-14-1982, approved 7-15-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to create a group of interested citizens and to provide for them an opportunity to make their views and the community's views known to the Department through a democratic process. The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, attempting to identify community hazards, add input to the Police Commissioner's field of information, review police procedures for discipline, planning and training, and thus provide assistance in managerial decisions. In order to achieve these goals, the Board, through its regular meetings, will strive to assist, advise and aid the Police Commissioner in matters relating to public relations, discipline, planning, training and in the establishment of priorities of services to be rendered to the public.
The Board shall consist of seven members and five associate members to be appointed by the Mayor. In addition, the Second Deputy Commissioner of the Department shall be a member of the Board. Members shall be residents of the City for a period of not less than three years. Neither a member nor an associate member shall be an employee of the Municipal Government of the City of Mount Vernon.
A member's term shall commence upon appointment and shall continue at the pleasure of the Mayor.
Any member absent without just cause from three meetings during one calendar year may be removed from the Board.
Members shall each have one vote on matters before the Board for consideration. Associate members shall not have voting privileges, but shall otherwise participate in all matters and discussions of the Board.
The Committee shall have three officers, a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary.
The Chairperson presides at all meetings. The Chairperson or his/her representative shall be responsible for meeting with the Police Commissioner following each meeting to advise him as to the Board's recommendations and discussion. The Chairperson shall meet with any group or individual expressing a grievance concerning police policy, action or procedure, in order that the Board may adequately discuss and make recommendations concerning said grievance.
The Vice Chairperson shall preside in the absence of the Chairperson.
The Secretary shall be responsible for the keeping of all minutes of meetings and records pertaining to the work of this Board.
The Chairperson shall be the Second Deputy Police Commissioner. The Vice Chairperson and the Secretary shall be elected by a majority of the members present at the first meeting in January in each calendar year. The Vice Chairperson and Secretary may serve no more than two consecutive years in their respective offices.
The members of this Advisory Board shall serve without compensation.
This Board may provide by its bylaws for such standing committees as it may deem necessary. At any meeting, when the Board deems it necessary to establish a temporary committee to oversee certain tasks, such a committee may be formed without further authorization of the bylaws.
This Board shall meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month at a time and place designated by the Chairperson. In the event of a holiday, the Chairperson shall schedule a meeting on the evening when a quorum of the Board can be gathered.
Board meetings, in addition to those regularly scheduled, may be called by the Chairperson or upon the request of the Mayor or the Police Commissioner.
The presence of the Chairperson or Cochairperson and four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum necessary to transact the business of the Board.
The Chairperson shall issue a written notice of call for all meetings. The notice shall be mailed to each member of the Board at least seven days prior to the date of the meeting. Copies of the notice of call shall also be placed in the mailbox of the Police Commissioner. The notice of call shall contain the date, time and place of the meeting and an agenda for the meeting. The Chairperson of the Board may assign the responsibility to prepare and distribute the notice of call.
In the event of an emergency, some or all of the provisions of call may be waived only with the permission of the Police Commissioner.
The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern this Board in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.