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(1) The commission shall consist of:

(a) One member of the city council or the mayor;

(b) Ten community members with a demonstrated knowledge and interest in the civil and human rights concerns of the community. Members shall be appointed in a way that strives to have balance on the commission that reflects the community and has protected class representation.

(2) Members of the commission shall be persons who have actively demonstrated an interest and expertise in efforts to promote diversity, equality, equity and understanding of human rights, and to dismantle injustice, discrimination, bigotry, hatred and harassment within the city.

(3) Members shall be appointed by the council. The commission shall perform the initial review of applications and make recommendations to council for its consideration.

(4) Vacancies on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. Except where the vacancy occurs because the member from the council or the mayor ceases to serve on the commission, the council shall appoint, within 90 days of the position becoming vacant, a person to complete the member’s unexpired term from the non-commission members of the commission’s standing committees. A position becomes vacant upon:

(a) The death or resignation of the incumbent;

(b) Removal of an incumbent for nonperformance of duty or upon recommendation by the commission after the commission has determined that the incumbent has failed to properly represent the commission or otherwise damaged the work of the commission, and the council has concurred with that determination;

(c) Failure of the council to reappoint an incumbent at the expiration of his or her term; or

(d) The incumbent ceasing to be qualified for initial appointment.

(5) Each community member of the commission shall serve a three-year term. No member of the commission shall serve more than six consecutive years as a member of the commission.

(Section 2.270 added by Ordinance No. 17479, enacted November 24, 1975; amended by Ordinance No. 17748, enacted September 13, 1976; Ordinance No. 19083, enacted December 13, 1982; Ordinance No. 19732, enacted November 5, 1990; Ordinance No. 19926, enacted June 28, 1993; Ordinance No. 20264, enacted November 12, 2002, effective December 12, 2002; and Ordinance No. 20481, enacted November 28, 2011, effective December 30, 2011.)