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Section Three – Commission Membership | By-Laws and Standing Procedure

Commission members shall be appointed for a period of three years.  For Commission vacancies concerning unexpired terms of office, all replacements shall serve the remainder of the term of the vacated Commission position.  The Executive Director and/or Commission staff will keep the Commission updated on upcoming vacancies and will coordinate with the Vice-chair to seek and review potential Commissioners.

Any member missing three consecutive meetings without an excused absence will be asked to resign in the best interest of the Commission.


  • Commissioners must build and maintain a relationship with the African American community they represent.
  • Commissioners must study programs and services, identify and analyze problems and needs of the African American community.
  • Commissioners must interpret community opinions, attitudes, and needs to the Commission for transmittal to agencies, the Legislature, and the Governor.
  • Commissioners may offer new proposals and recommend changes in programs, policies and standards.
  • Commissioners must foster a cooperative and supportive team approach with other members of the Commission, Executive Director and staff as well as the community at large.
  • Commissioners must represent the Commission in a positive manner and must remember that when speaking with the media, that they must not give personal opinions.
  • Commissioners, as individuals, must use discretion to avoid the appearance of speaking for the Commission unless specifically authorized to do so.
  • Commissioners must represent the Commission and its policies, mission and reputation.