Shawnee County Commission

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Advisory Boards and Commissions

If interested in serving on any of the following Councils and Boards, please call 785.251.4040 or email commission@snco.us

Must be of voting age to serve.

SHAWNEE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD

The purpose of the Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Advisory Board is to advise and assist the department in achieving the goals and objectives outlined in the department's Master Plan, gaining accreditation for the department, maintaining inter-governmental relations, and identifying and completing major capital improvement projects. The scope of the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board is advisory in nature and retains no binding authority over the final decision of the Director of Shawnee County Parks & Recreation and/or the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Shawnee, Kansas. Board members are appointed by the Shawnee County Board of Commissioners. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings rotate between Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Community Centers/Shelter Houses.

SHAWNEE COUNTY ADVOCACY COUNCIL ON AGING

The Council advocates for the needs and rights of senior citizens and provides input in the decision-making process related to the funding and management of senior services in the community. Membership consists of not more than twenty members and not more than five associates on the Council. At least one-half of the Council should be 60 years or older. Ethnic population and geographic location should be considered in the nomination of members. Terms are 3 years and members may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 9:15a.m. at the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging offices located at 2910 SW Topeka Blvd.

METROPOLITAN TOPEKA AIRPORT AUTHORITY

Oversees development, improvements, operation and maintenance of public airports and industrial complexes and sets budget. The MTAA is a taxing entity. City has three appointments; County has two appointments who must reside outside the City Limits. Terms are three years. Members may serve no more than three consecutive terms. Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. (except for August which is the 2nd Tuesday at 3:00p.m.) at the MTAA Administrative Offices, Bldg. 620.

SHAWNEE COUNTY AMBULANCE ADVISORY BOARD

The Ambulance Advisory Board (AAB) serves as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners on issues relating to the provisions of ambulance service in Shawnee County. The AAB is responsible for long-range planning as well as making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues such as whether ambulance services should be provided by the government or private enterprise, whether to request proposals for ambulance service in the future, any government subsidy or rate issues, and the type and scope of service that should be provided by the ambulance service. The AAB shall consist of six members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Membership includes: One member from Stormont-Vail Hospital; one member from St. Francis Hospital; one member from the Topeka Fire Department; one member from the Rural Fire Chiefs; two members from the public who should have some knowledge in the areas of emergency medical service, administration of ambulance service, or other related areas; and one member shall be the Director of the Shawnee County Emergency Management Department or his or her designee and shall serve as the Chairperson. Terms are for three years and members may serve no more than two terms. The AAB will meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at least quarterly at 5:30p.m.. The location is decided at least 16 days before the meeting's commencement.

SHAWNEE COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE BOARD

The Board administers the Civil Service Board rules; conducts interviews for promotional opportunities for corporals and sergeants; and approves lists for different ranks for promotions. They shall have no responsibilities or authority with regard to the hiring of new officers. The Board shall consist of three members appointed by each Commissioner from his or her commission district to serve during the term of office of the appointing Commissioner. The Board meets on an "as needed" basis.

COMMUNITY ACTION

Community Action is a non-profit, anti-poverty organization serving the low-income population in Shawnee County. The agency operates a wide variety of programs and services, including Head Start, Low-income Housing, Homelessness Prevention, Diaper Depot, and much more. Shawnee County specifically invests in Community Action's Services to Seniors and The First Tee of Shawnee County programs. The governing Board is made up of 33 members from the private, public and low-income populations. All three County Commissioners designate a representative to serve until the Commissioner who appointed them is no longer in office. The Board meets on the 2nd Thursday every other month beginning in January at 5:30p.m. at 455 SE Golf Park Boulevard in Topeka.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ADVISORY BOARD

This Board helps to formulate the annual comprehensive plan for adult community corrections services for County Commission and Kansas Dept. of Corrections approval. They also meet to review both the process and outcome goals set by the agency. The Board consists of 12 or more members representative of law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, education, corrections, ethnic minorities, social services and general public. Must include Sheriff, District Attorney, Administrative Judge, and a Court Service Officer designated by the Administrative Judge. There are three appointments by the City. The four appointments by County Commissioners must be: one representing the educational profession and three additional members who shall be representative of parole officers, public or private social service agencies, ex-offenders, health care professional or general public. At least two members or more shall represent ethnic minorities and no more of2/3 shall be members of the same sex. Terms are two years. The Board meets on the third Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00p.m. as business dictates. Otherwise this Board must meet quarterly. The location is the Community Corrections offices located at 712 S. Kansas Avenue, Ste. 300.

KANSAS EXPOCENTRE ADVISORY BOARD

The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners on all matters relative to the operation and management of the Kansas Expocentre facilities. The Board consists of ten citizens, eight who shall not be elected county or city officials and represent both agricultural and business interests. The Chairman of the County Commission or a designated Commissioner must serve. The Mayor or his/her designee shall also serve. Seven members are appointed by the Commission. (2 members appointed individually by each Commissioner for a total of six on alternating years; one at-large position). Nothing indicates they must reside in any particular Commission District. The president or his/her designee of Visit Topeka also serves. The terms are three years and members may not serve more than two terms. The Board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30a.m. in the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

SHAWNEE COUNTY HEALTH AGENCY BOARD

The Board shall be made up of 15 persons. A majority of the Board shall be individuals who are users of the Health Agency and who represent the individuals being served in terms of demographic factors such as race, ethnicity and sex. Members of the Board from this group shall be known as User Members. No more than half of the remaining members may be individuals who derive more than 10% of their annual income from the Health Care industry. They shall be Community Members. Consumers-at-large shall be representatives of the community in the Health Agency's area and shall be selected for their expertise in community affairs, banking, finance and local government, legal affairs, trade unions and other commercial and industrial affairs, and social service agencies. One County Commissioner may be a member of the Board. The Commissioners appoint two members. Terms are for two years. The Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon at the Children and Family Services building on MacVicar Avenue.

JAYHAWK AREA AGENCY ON AGING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

County makes three appointments of the Board. Board has a total of ten members. The Board is a policy Board made up of three Shawnee County appointees, two City of Topeka appointees, two Jefferson County appointees, two Douglas County appointees and one appointed by the City of Lawrence. Terms are for three years. May serve more than one term and may serve until reappointed or a successor named. Terms run Oct. 1st through Sept. 30th At least 51% shall be 60 or older. Must have representation of low-income and minority groups. No one may serve who are Board Members, administrators or employees of agencies providing direct services under the Older Americans Act. The Board meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. and rotate the location of the meeting between Shawnee, Douglas and Jefferson Counties each month.

JAYHAWK AREA AGENCY ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL

Serves as an interagency forum on aging, assists JAAA Board of Directors, makes recommendations regarding any matter and/or project referred to by the Board, adopts plans of action designed to assist JAAA Board and their respective communities in promoting the welfare of older citizens. Has 10 members, three Shawnee County, two City of Topeka, two Jefferson County, two Douglas County and one City of Lawrence. Terms are for 3 years and limited to two consecutive terms. Effective dates of appointments are Oct. 1st. The Council meets the first Tuesday of each month at the JAAA offices located at 2910 SW Topeka Blvd.

TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

The Board oversees the operation and budget of the Library and makes decisions relative to it. This is a taxing entity. The County Commissioners have three appointments. Those Members shall be residents of the library district, who reside outside the corporate limits of the City and reside in different Commission districts. Total members of the Board are 10 with 7 appointments by the City and 3 by the County. The terms are four years. The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00p.m. in the Menninger Room, 2nd floor of the Library.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS ADVISORY BOARD

This Board formulates the annual comprehensive plan, reviews and approves Juvenile Justice Authority prevention and graduated sanctions grant application for County Commission and Kansas Dept. of Corrections approval. Membership consists of 12 or more individuals representing of law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, education, corrections, ethnic minorities, social services, and the general public. Four appointments are made by the County Commission (one must be in the education field). Three appointments are made by the City of Topeka. Terms are three years. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Community Corrections office located at 712 S. Kansas Avenue, Ste. 300.

SHAWNEE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

The Planning Commission is an advisory group to the Board of County Commissioners on issues and activities related to planning, platting, land use regulation and community development in general. Appointments are for three years. Each Commissioner appoints two members and one at large member. The Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00p.m. at the North Annex at 1515 Saline when there are cases to be heard.

PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION

Created by K.S.A. 12-1757 (1) One member shall be appointed by the mayor of the city with the approval of the city council. Such member shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and shall be the chairperson of the commission; (2) Six members shall be appointed by the mayor of the city with the approval of the city council for terms of four years. Members shall not serve beyond the end of their appointed terms. Upon expiration of a term the position shall remain vacant until a successor is appointed. Of the members appointed under this provision, one shall be a representative of the secretary of administration of the State of Kansas, one shall be a representative of the governing body of Shawnee County, and one shall be a representative of the governing body of Unified School District No. 501. The member who is the representative of the secretary of administration shall be appointed from three nominations submitted by the secretary of administration. The member who is the representative of the governing body of Shawnee County shall be appointed from three nominations submitted by the governing body of Shawnee County. The member who is the representative of Unified School District No. 501 shall be appointed from three nominations submitted by the governing body of Unified School District No. 501. The four members appointed directly by the mayor shall be residents of the city. In the case of the death, incapacity, resignation or disqualification of any member of the commission, the mayor of the city shall appoint with the approval of the city council a new member for the unexpired term of the deceased, incapacitated, resigned or disqualified member in accordance with the provisions of this section. The Commission meets one hour bi-annually in June and December.

TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY RIVERFRONT AUTHORITY

The purpose is to promote the general welfare and encourage capitol investment by fostering the creation of recreational, retail, entertainment, economic development and housing within the riverfront of the metropolitan area of the City of Topeka. The term is for three years.

SHAWNEE COUNTY SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE

The purpose of this Committee is to prepare and maintain a Solid Waste Management Plan for the County. Membership shall not exceed 30 members. The Committee should consist of one representative of incorporated cities located in the County, one representative of unincorporated areas of the County, representatives of the general public, citizens organizations, private industry, any private sold waste management industry operating in the County and any private recycling or scrap material processing industry; the recycling director or coordinator and any other persons deemed appropriate by the County including commissioners, county engineers, county health officers and county planners. Terms are five years and there is no limit to consecutive terms.

THIRD JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

The Commission meets when there are judicial vacancies and interviews candidates. They then send three recommendations to the Governor for his consideration. Each County Commissioner appoints one non-lawyer to serve as a member. They must be a qualified elector of the County. When appointments to this Commission are made, they must be certified to the clerk of the Supreme Court prior to Feb. 15th of the year in which terms of office commence. Terms begin the first Monday in March of the year of appointment. Terms are for 4 years.

WASHBURN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

The management and control of Washburn University is vested in this Board. It is a nine member Board. The Governor and the Mayor of the City of Topeka each appoint three members. One of those is the mayor or a member of the City's governing body. The County Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents each appoint one member. The County appointment must reside in Shawnee County, but outside the city corporate limits. The Kansas Regents' appointee serves a one year term; all other members serve four year terms. All meetings are at 4:00p.m. in the Washburn University Memorial Union, Kansas Room.