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Human Services Commission

Determines the human service needs of citizens, prepares a plan outlining the needs and services essential in meeting those needs and recommends the appropriate providers of the approved services to the City Council. The City Council makes the appointments to this ten member commission. Members must be qualified voters and residents of the City of Columbia, and cannot serve on the board of directors or be employed by any organization which applies for funding through the commission or which receives funding upon recommendation of the commission. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in December.

Members & Terms:

  • Stacy Ford - Term Ending December 31, 2018
  • Peggie Wood - Term Ending December 31, 2018
  • Mark Jones - Term Ending December 31, 2019
  • Amy Camp - Term Ending December 31, 2019
  • Justin Thomas - Term Ending December 31, 2017
  • Nathan First - Term Ending December 31, 2017
  • Diane Suhler - Term Ending December 31, 2017
  • Sharon Schattgen - Term Ending December 31, 2018
  • Carlos Ortiz - Term Ending December 31, 2017
  • Vacant - Term Ending December 31, 2019

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 2-251. Establishment of commission; powers and duties.
There is hereby established the Human Services Commission whose purpose is to advise the city council in all matters regarding the planning and contracting for human service programs to adequately meet the needs of the citizens of the City of Columbia, especially the low-income. To meet this responsibility, the commission shall:
(1) Determine the human service needs of the citizens of Columbia. This process would include the awareness of existing human services and of any proposed changes in programs and funding which would affect the community.
(2) Prepare each year, in conjunction with the department of public health and human services, a comprehensive plan for the City of Columbia which outlines the needs and services essential to meet those needs. The commission shall encourage and seek public input in the discussion and decision-making process. The plan shall include the recommended amount of funds to be allocated for each service and shall be reviewed by and subject to approval of the city council.
(3) Recommend to the city council the appropriate providers of the approved services, including the quality, quantity and cost of each service. Recommendations shall be submitted to the city council. No requests for funding of human services shall be considered by the city council without accompanying written recommendations from the commission.
(4) Review, as necessary, the provision of human services in Columbia and recommend measures for increasing effectiveness and efficiency whenever possible.
(5) Review the actions of local, state and federal government and other funding sources having an effect on human services in Columbia and develop strategies for providing input into any decisions affecting Columbia.
(6) Exercise such other powers and duties as the city council may from time to time direct.
(7) The provisions of this section related to the powers and duties of the Human Services Commission do not apply to funding requests, activities or services administered by or under the supervision of any department of the City of Columbia.
(Ord. No. 11027, § 2, 5-5-86; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)

Sec. 2-252. Members, terms.
The Human Services Commission shall be composed of ten (10) members appointed by the city council. The city manager shall designate the staff of the department of public health and human services as consultant and adviser to the commission. Members shall be qualified voters and residents of the City of Columbia, shall serve without compensation, and shall not be paid officers or employees of the city. Selection of members will be made so as to encourage representation of individuals with an interest in and understanding of human services. Appointments shall be made to become effective January 1 of each year and the term of office shall be three (3) years. The first appointments made shall be for staggered terms as follows: Two (2) members for three (3) years, two (2) members for two (2) years and three (3) members will complete their present two-year terms; thereafter, appointments for all ten (10) member shall be for three (3) years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be unexpired terms only.
(Ord. No. 11027, § 2, 5-5-86; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)

Sec. 2-253Meetings; quorum; attendance.
Meetings shall be held in accordance with rules established by the commission. A simple majority of all members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The chair of the commission is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a commission meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent from fifty (50) per cent of the regular commission meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the city council of the vacancy.
(Ord. No. 10788, § 1(2.2520), 11-18-85; Ord. No. 17603, § 1, 3-3-03; Ord. No. 19997, § 1, 7-21-08; Ord. No. 20117, § 1, 11-17-08; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)

Sec. 2-254Election of officers; terms.
The commission shall elect annually a chair, a vice-chair and a secretary. Each officer shall hold office for a term of one (1) year and shall be eligible for re-election. When there is a vacancy of any elected office, the commission shall elect an officer to serve until the next regular annual election. Duties of the officers shall be outlined in the commission's rules of procedure.
(Ord. No. 11027, § 2, 5-5-86; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)

Sec. 2-255Conflicts of interest.
Commission members shall not serve on the board of directors or be employed by any organization which applies for funding through the commission or which receives funding upon recommendation of the commission. For purposes of this section, each academic and administrative unit of the University of Missouri shall be considered a separate organization and each school of the Columbia Public School District shall be considered a separate organization. Any commission member who violates this section shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair of the commission to promptly notify the city council of the vacancy.
(Ord. No. 11738, § 1, 1-4-88; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 19302, § 1, 11-20-06; Ord. No. 19720, § 1, 11-5-07; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22005, § 1, 3-17-14)