Citizen participation is vital to a democratic government. The City of Orlando recognizes volunteers’ unique contributions and encourages involvement in the policy-making process through service as an advisory board member.
Most City Boards are created by ordinance to provide advice and recommendations to City Council on diverse matters of public concern. Existing boards include zoning, municipal planning, housing codes, downtown development, the park system, public art, historic preservation and building and fire codes.
Dual Office Holding
The Florida Constitution, in Section 5(a) of Article II, prohibits simultaneous “dual office holding.” Service on most City of Orlando boards constitutes the holding of an “office” under Florida law. If you accept an appointment to a City board, you may have to resign from any other board, commission or authority to which you were appointed by the City of Orlando or by another governmental agency.
Requirements for Board Membership
Board members should have the expertise necessary to accomplish the board’s objective; a reputation for integrity and community service interest and experience in board service is desired. All boards, unless otherwise noted, are comprised of a majority of City of Orlando residents. Some boards require financial disclosure. Persons appointed to these boards must file a “Form 1 – Limited Financial Disclosure” with the Supervisor of Elections in the county of their permanent residence within 30 days of appointment.
Terms of Office
Most board members are appointed for two-year terms. Chairmen are elected for a one-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Most boards meet monthly with meeting times varying in length according to agenda items to be addressed. Regular attendance is required. If a board member’s absences exceed 25-percent of the scheduled board meetings in a fiscal year (October 1 – September 30), the appointment is terminated. A board member is considered absent if not present for at least 75-percent of a scheduled meeting.
All Appointment Information Forms are reviewed by the Nominating Board. References may be contacted and prospective appointees may be interviewed. Recommendations are forwarded to the Mayor for appointment or reappointment, subject to confirmation by City Council.
Nominating Board Functions
In addition to appointment recommendations, this board recruits individuals for board consideration and plans orientation programs for board members. It also serves as liaison to other boards with specific issues about the appointment process and suggests policy or procedure changes to the City Council.