[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County 7-7-1993 by Bill No. 7-93, effective 8-21-1993 (Ch. 22 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Composition of Commission members. The Commission shall consist of 15 Commissioners as follows:
Five Discretion Members shall be appointed by the Allegany County Commissioners.
Ten Nomination Members shall be appointed by the Allegany County Commissioners from a list provided by the incumbent Allegany County Commission for Women. The initial Nomination Member appointments shall be made from a nomination list provided by the Steering Committee for the Allegany County Commission for Women.
Qualifications. Any person shall be eligible for membership who is over the age of 18 years and a resident of Allegany County and the State of Maryland.
Commission officers. The Commission shall elect one of its members as Chairperson and another as Vice Chairperson, each to serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Commission shall elect other officers as it shall determine.
Term of officers. The term of office of each appointee shall commence on July 1 of the year appointed and shall be for a period of three years. Of the members first appointed, their terms shall commence upon appointment for the following terms: five members [two discretionary, three nomination] shall be appointed for terms of one year; five members [two discretionary, three nomination] shall be appointed for terms of two years; and five members [one discretionary, four nomination] shall be appointed for terms of three years. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. The members shall continue in office until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Members shall be eligible for reappointment.
Compensation. Members shall receive no compensation for their services to the Commission, but may be reimbursed for any necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties upon approval by the Board of Commissioners of Allegany County and in accordance with any appropriation made by it.
Meetings. The Commission shall meet at least six times per year or at such other times as called by the Chairperson. A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority of those present at any meeting shall be sufficient for any official action to be taken by the Commission.
Annual report. The Commission shall submit an annual report to the County Commissioners of its activities, meetings and recommendations. As part of such report, the Commission may request funding for its activities, presenting a budget in support thereof. The Board of Commissioners shall be under no obligation to fund all or any part of such request.
The Commission shall have the power to:
Develop an information and referral system for all services in the County related to the needs of women and to recommend developing services for which it is believed a need exists.
Research, assemble, analyze and disseminate information relating to activities and programs which will assist in meeting the needs of women and to promote equality for all persons regardless of gender.
Report to the Board of Commissioners of Allegany County on matters involving the needs of women and on matters relating to equality or discrimination on account of gender; to recommend procedures, programs or legislation which the Commission believes would further equal rights and opportunities for all persons.
Work to remove inequality due to unmet needs or discrimination on the basis of gender in the community.
Develop bylaws for the governing of meetings, establishment of committees or officers and the day-to-day operation of the Commission.
Prepare and submit to the County Commissioners an annual report.
Develop a volunteer group to assist the Commission members in fulfilling their purposes.