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(a) There is hereby created the Fair Housing Board to consist of three members who are qualified electors of the City and shall not hold any public office at the Municipal, County, State or Federal level at any time while a member of the Board. Any duly appointed Board member who is running 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. No Board member shall be appointed who is employed in any real estate or lending institution.
(b) The Board members shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of Council. Of the members first appointed, one shall hold office for a term of one year; one for a term of two years; and the other for a term of three years. Their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years. The Mayor shall fill all vacancies by appointment for the unexpired term. A Board member whose term has expired shall be eligible for reappointment to the Board.
(c) The Executive Secretary of the Board shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall 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. The City Council may remove a member of the Board from office by the vote of two-thirds of the Council only after having first given such member a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel in his own defense, and 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 expenses expended in performing the business of the Board.
(g) The Board is charged with the following duties to implement the State policy of this chapter:
(1) To investigate all complaints of unlawful housing practices that is filed with it;
(2) To initiate complaints of unlawful housing practices on the basis of auditing or testing 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 testimony of any person under oath, and in connection therewith, to require the production for examination of any books or papers relating to any matter under investigation or in question before the Board;
(5) To render at least once a year to the Mayor and the City Council a full written report of all its activities and recommendations;
(6) To recommend to the Mayor, when it becomes necessary, educational and other programs designed to promote the purposes stated in the chapter;
(7) To adopt rules and procedures for the conduct of its business; and
(8) To do such other acts that are necessary and proper in order to perform those duties with which it is charged under the terms of this chapter.
(Ord. 2003-9. Passed 3-27-03.)