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About Boards & Commissions
Boards and Commissions
(Authorities and Committees)
Chesapeake authorities, boards, commissions, and committees are established to advise the City Council and/or to seek public input on a variety of issues in the community. The City's boards and commissions range in purpose from the cultivation of cultural awareness to charting the City's growth and development.
There are approximately 50 boards, commissions and authorities with more than 500 members appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
Boards, commissions and authorities are comprised of city officials and citizens who reside in the City of Chesapeake. The Fine Arts Commission, Airport Authority and Natural Event Mitigation Advisory Committee are exceptions. Some citizens are designated to represent a particular area of expertise or organization (i.e. engineer, attorney, humane society, civic organization)
The City Clerk's Office maintains a roster of members and their terms of appointment.
There are two types of Vacancies – terms expiration and resignations.
Council is provided with an Appointment Schedule that indicates the normal term expiration of all boards, commissions and authorities for the coming year and when those appointments will be made. Appointments are considered two months prior to the normal term expiration date to allow for advertising and the possibility of continuances. (ex: terms expiring in June are submitted in Council's package for appointments to be considered at the last meeting in April)
Resignations are submitted to Council for acceptance at the first and last meetings of the month. The vacancy is advertised during the next month and the appointment scheduled for the following month. (ex: An appointment resignation in April is advertised in May and submitted to Council in the June package)
The Office of the City Clerk advertises vacancies in the local news media, through press releases, on the City's official Web page, and through the City's Cable Station – WCTV electronic bulletin board.
Appointments to boards, commissions and authorities are considered on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the City Council meeting, except August, November and December.
Certain boards, commissions or authorities require interviews with City Council prior to appointment. Those entities are: Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board, Chesapeake Hospital Authority, Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Economic Development Authority, Planning Commission and South Norfolk Revitalization Commission.