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3.129.010 Staffing and Membership.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 184880, effective September 21, 2011.)  There is established in the City of Portland a Human Rights Commission.  The Commission shall be staffed by the Office of Equity and Human Rights.  The Commission shall consist of 11 to 15 members.  All members shall serve without compensation.  Appointments are for staggered terms of three years.  No member may serve more than two consecutive three year terms.  When a vacancy occurs, a Human Rights Commission workgroup – after consultation with the Commissioner in Charge of the Office of Equity and Human Rights – nominates, the Mayor appoints, and the Council confirms, a member to fill the vacancy.  This same process shall be used when an interim vacancy occurs to appoint a member to fill the balance of the unexpired term.  Members shall be appointed by the Mayor so as to provide representation from a reasonably broad spectrum of the community, including without limitation the following factors:  areas of expertise, advocacy experience, community involvement, profession, education, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion and geographic identification.  Members must live, work, worship or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland.  Members are encouraged to establish constructive relationships with each member of Council, the City Auditor and other elected officials.  The Mayor may remove a member from the Commission at any time, with the recommendation of the Commission and subject to approval by the Council.