(A)   All members shall be residents of Fort Wayne. The Mayor and Common Council shall make only those appointments which insure:
      (1)   That members are persons who have demonstrated a commitment to the purpose for which the Commission is created; and
      (2)   That the Commission is broadly representative of the community in regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, and abilities;
      (3)   The appointment shall be in such manner that the number of members of the Commission belonging to one of the two major political parties shall not exceed by more than one the number of those belonging to the other major political party, and the Mayor and the Common Council shall take this into consideration in making their respective appointments; provided, however, that if they cannot agree upon the manner in which such representation is to be attained, the Mayor shall make that appointment which shall result in one of the major political parties having the greater number of members on the Board.
   (B)   It shall be the duty of the Mayor and the Council publicly to solicit suggestions for Commission appointments from organizations having an interest in the improvement of inter-group relations in the community, and to give thoughtful consideration to the appointment of persons so suggested.
('74 Code, § 15-6) (Ord. G-21-78, passed 7-25-78; Am. Ord. G-30-96, passed 12-17-96; Am. Ord. G-31-96, passed 12-17-96)