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(A) There is hereby created the Human Rights Board to consist of three members who shall be qualified electors of the city. The members shall not hold any elected public office at the municipal, county, state, or federal level at any time while a member of the Board and shall not be employed by the city, but may be employed by the county, state, or federal government. Any duly appointed Board member who is a candidate for any public office shall be automatically disqualified from further membership on the Board. The day the Board member files petitions with the County Board of Elections shall be the date of the disqualification. Nothing shall prohibit the Board from consulting and meeting with real estate agents or representatives of lending institutions in matters regarding educational or other programs to further the purpose of this chapter.
(B) The Board member shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council. Of the members first appointed one shall hold office for a term of one year; one for a term of two years; the other for a term of three years; and their successors may be appointed for terms of three years. The Mayor shall fill all vacancies by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term. The Mayor shall be an ex-officio member of the Board. After being duly constituted, a Chairman and Vice- Chairman shall be chosen by majority vote of the Board.
(C) The Secretary of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor and may be an employee of the city.
(D) The Mayor may recommend the removal of any member of the Board for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office to the City Council. City Council may remove a member of the Board from office by an affirmative vote of at least three quarters of the Council only after having first given to such member a written copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel in his own defense. Any such removal shall be final.
(E) Two members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting the business thereof. A vacancy on the Board shall not impair the right of the other members to exercise all the power of the Board.
(F) Each member of the Board shall serve without salary, but shall be paid necessary and actual expense expended in performing the business of the Board.
(G) The Board is charged with the following duties to implement the stated policy of this chapter.
(1) To investigate all complaints of unlawful housing or employment practices which are filed with it.
(2) To initiate complaints of unlawful housing or employment practices on the basis of studies carried out by its staff or volunteers authorized by the Board.
(3) To endeavor by conciliation, to resolve such complaints.
(4) To hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, administer oaths, take the testimony of any person under oath, and in connection therewith, to require the production of examination of any books or papers relating to any matter under investigation or in question before the Board.
(5) To recommend to the Mayor when it deems necessary, educational and other programs designed to promote the purpose stated in this chapter.
(6) To do such other acts that are necessary and proper in order to perform those duties with which is it charged under the terms of this chapter.
(Ord. 1983-33, passed 9-20-83)