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A. Qualifications.

1. Applicants who have an interest in the performing, visual, literary and other arts, culture, and heritage programs, projects, and/or events as evidenced by training, experience or actions will be given preference for appointment; however, a broad mix of occupational backgrounds and experiences is desired.

2. An intent of the appointment process shall be to evenly represent the areas of interest as stated above and reflect the city’s diverse community. Appointed members shall represent the public interest and not specific interest groups.

B. Members.

1. Number. The Mercer Island arts council shall consist of nine members, serving in nonpartisan positions.

2. Residency. City residency is required.

3. Terms. The term of each member is four years and expires on May 31 of the last year of the term or until the member’s successor is appointed and qualified. The year of expiration of the terms of the positions shall be staggered with the following groups of positions expiring in successive years: Positions 1, 2 and 3; Positions 4 and 5; Positions 6 and 7; Positions 8 and 9.

4. Term Limits. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. If a member is appointed to a vacancy with two or more years remaining on the term, that term will be deemed a full term. If a member is appointed to a vacancy with less than two years remaining in the term, that term will not count toward the two-consecutive-term limit.

5. Staff Liaison. The city manager shall appoint a staff liaison to assist with support services for the Mercer Island arts council. Such staff support shall include, but not be limited to, the development of work plans and schedules, guidelines and procedures, correspondence, and agenda preparation and distribution.

6. Council Liaison. The mayor and deputy mayor shall annually designate one councilmember to serve as a liaison between the city council and the Mercer Island arts council.

C. Appointment. Appointments to the Mercer Island arts council will be made by a vote of the city council during a regularly scheduled meeting. Members shall serve without compensation.

D. Removal. Members may be removed by the mayor and deputy mayor, with the concurrence of the city council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from more than three consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the city council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to regularly attend meetings are expected to resign and notify the chair and staff liaison. (Ord. 20C-02 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 19C-01 § 1; Ord. 13C-11 § 1; Ord. 03C-06 § 8; Ord. A-88 § 11, 1991; Ord. A-40 § 1, 1985. Formerly 3.55.020).