The City of Wellington has a number of Boards and Commissions that advise the Governing Body. The members of each of these bodies are appointed as provided for by applicable Kansas law or City ordinance.
In March 2011, the governing body took action to revise the process and timeline for appointments to the boards and commissions of the City. The end result is that the application deadline and the appointment process the governing body follows, will occur each year at the same time for all boards and commissions, thus streamlining the process. Term lengths will become the same for all positions, changes in the number of members of some boards will occur, and term limits will be implemented for appointments made in 2013 and after. The goal is to create uniformity in the entire process in order to encourage citizen awareness of, as well as interest in, applying and serving on the various boards.
The implementation of the revised process and timeline will occur over the next three years. Once the implementation is completed, all member positions will be for a four-year term beginning May 1. Member terms will remain staggered to avoid the replacement of a full board in a single year. Effective with appointments made in 2013 and after, term limits of two consectuve four-year terms will be imposed.
Appointment Process – Vacancy in a Regular Unexpired Term of Office
In the event a vacancy occurs for a Board and/or Commission position during the regular term for the position the vacancy will be filled in the following manner for the unexpired term:
1. Upon notice that a vacancy exists or will occur, public notice will be made of a fifteen (15) day application period for the position. Applications received and any applications on file from and after the last regular annual cycle of appointments will be considered for appointment to the position.
If a vacancy occurs for a Board and/or Commission position during the regular annual appointment process, appointment to the vacant position for the remainder of the unexpired term will be considered, if practical, during the regular annual appointment process. If not practical, the process outlined above for filling a vacancy for an unexpired term will be followed.