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Type of Advisory Bodies

Deciding on the type of advisory body existent or soon to be created will provide staff and body members with the understanding of the expectations and responsibilities.

The key below was designed to help you identify the type of body you are or will be working with. To use it, first reflect on some of the major characteristics of the existent or soon to be created body. Then, start on question A. Select the answer that reflects the advisory body and follow to the next step. When you reach a body type, move on the table of characteristics to explore expectations and responsibilities of each type.

 

Key for Advisory Body Types:

A. Who does the body advise?

A.1 City Council…………………………………………………………………go to B

A.2 One elected official, bureau director, or designated bureau staff..…..Type III (proceed to matrix)

 

B. What is the duration of the body?

B.1 Perpetual…………………………………………………………………..…Type I (proceed to matrix)

B.2 Limited.……………………………………………………………………….Type II (proceed to matrix)

 

 

MATRIX: General Characteristics of Advisory and Quasi-judicial Bodies:

 

Body Types

 

Type I

Type II

Type III 

Quasi-judicial 

Who does the body advise?

Recommendations to Council

Recommendations to Council

Elected official, bureau director, or designated City staff

Designated City staff

What is the duration of the body?

Usually perpetual

Limited

Perpetual or limited

Perpetual

Who creates the body?

Code, Charter, Council ordinance or resolution

Code, Charter, Council ordinance or resolution

Code, Charter, Council ordinance or resolution, elected official, or bureau director 

 

Does the body need to comply with Public Meeting Law ORS 192?

Yes

Yes

No. But meetings may be open to the public

 

How are members approved?

By Council

By Council

By Council, elected official, bureau director, or designated City staff 

By the Mayor

Are the number of seats set or fluid?

Set number of seats

Set number of seats

Either. Set of fluid number of seats

 

Set number of seats

Do members have alternates? 

No 

No 

No 

Yes 

Is quorum required to make a recommendation?

Yes

Yes

 No

 

Are members public officials?

Yes

Yes

 Yes

Yes

Do members need to disclose conflict of interest?

Yes

Yes

 Yes

Yes

What is the maximum time for member service?

8 years

8 years

8 years

Defined by Code

Who can dismiss a member?

Elected-in-Charge

Elected-in-Charge

Elected-in-Charge or bureau director