[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County 11-29-2016 by Ord. No. 40-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Boards and commissions — See Code of Public Local Laws, Title 9.
Ethics — See Ch. 41.
The purpose of this Chapter 11 is to establish provisions generally applicable for the uniform operation of appointed boards, committees, councils, and commissions, except where deviations and variance are warranted as set forth herein.
The provisions hereof shall be applicable to boards, committees, councils, and commissions established pursuant to the general or local laws of the State of Maryland, but subject to the provisions of such general or special laws and only to the extent that the provisions hereof are consistent with the authority granted to the Board of County Commissioners by such general or local laws. In the event that any provision herein conflicts with a provision of a statute, the statutory provision shall govern.
Ordinances and resolutions establishing boards, committees, councils, and commissions shall establish, at a minimum, the membership, length of terms, and purposes of the body.
Every board, committee, council or commission that shall propose to adopt, amend, modify, update or otherwise change bylaws shall first receive approval of the Board of County Commissioners.
Boards, committees, councils and commissions shall report to the Board of County Commissioners on at least an annual basis.
The appointment of members shall take into consideration a balanced representation of all segments of the Calvert County community.
It is the County Commissioner's intent to appoint Calvert County residents to boards, committees, councils, and commissions unless there are no County residents available to fill positions or where an exception is approved for good cause shown in the instance of a specific board, committee, council or commission.
To the extent practicable, term expirations will be publicized in advance, indicating whether the member whose term is expiring is eligible for reappointment.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the Board of County Commissioners may appoint members without advertising the availability of a position, except where advertising is required by law.
Appointments shall be made in public session by a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners.
Members of boards, committees, councils, and commissions are expected to attend and participate at all meetings of the board, committee, council, and commission to which they are appointed.
Members of boards, committees, councils, and commissions shall respond to all referrals and requests for information or input from the Board of County Commissioners in a timely manner such that the work of the board, committee, council, or commission upon the referral or request is completed not less than 180 days following referral, unless an extension is granted by the Board of County Commissioners. Failure of any member to promptly respond or complete his or her work so referred or requested shall be grounds for removal as provided below.
Any appointee may be removed by the Board of County Commissioners as provided for in state general or public local law, or, when no applicable provisions are found in state general or public local law, for any of the following when the Board of County Commissioners finds it would be in the best interest of the board, committee, council or commission:
Missing three consecutive meetings;
Failure to support the purposes and activities of the board, committee, council, or commission;
Failure to complete duties, assignments, or requirements in a timely manner; or
Acts unprofessional, unethical, or displays of disruptive behavior or communication that does not positively reflect upon, and support the purposes and goals of, the board, committee, council, or commission.
The provisions of this § 11-4 do not apply to members who are members because the position they hold has been designated as a member of a board, committee, council or commission and, further, do not apply to:
Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board;
Board of Appeals;
Board of Elections;
Board of Library Trustees;
Calvert Employee Recognition Committee;
Calvert Marine Museum Board of Governors;
Commission for Women;
Compensation Review Board;
Core Service Agency Advisory Board;
Cove Point Light Station Commission;
Critical Area Reforestation Committee;
Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee;
Employees Retirement Plan Board of Trustees;
Employee Retirement Savings Plan Board of Trustees;
Housing Authority of Calvert County;
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Committee;
Local Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council;
Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Fund Board of Trustees;
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board;
Sheriff Department Pension Plan Board of Trustees;
Soil Conservation District Board of Directors;
Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory Board;
Waterman's Wharf Oversight Committee;
Any board, committee, council, or commission created by the Board of County Commissioners after the effective date of this chapter, unless made expressly subject to this § 11-4; and
Terms of service for all boards, committees, councils, or commissions subject to this § 11-4 shall be limited to three consecutive terms. The remainder of a term for which an interim appointment is made to fill a vacancy shall not be considered a "term" within the meaning of this subsection.
Persons shall be eligible for reappointment to a board, committee, council, or commission upon which they served previously after one-year absence.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 40-16, which enacted this chapter, provided that it shall be applied prospectively. Therefore, for the initial application of its provisions, terms of those members of a board, committee, council or commission subject to this § 11-4, begun prior to the recording of Ord. No. 40-16, shall not count as terms of service for the purpose of calculating the number of consecutive terms served.