60Y-2.004 FAC | GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMISSION STAFF
(1) The staff units of the Commission consist of:
(a) Office of Executive Director;
(b) Office of General Counsel;
(c) Office of Employment Investigations;
(d) Office of Community Relations;
(e) Office of Housing Investigations;
(f) Office of Customer Service; and
(g) Office of Management and Information Processing.
(2) The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the Commission and is responsible for implementing policy of the Commission. The Executive Director is appointed by the Commission and may be removed by the Commission for cause. The Executive Director has the following duties:
(a) Employ staff;
(b) Prepare, defend and manage agency budget;
(c) Negotiate and execute contracts and agreements on behalf of the Commission, except as limited by Rule
(d) Issue subpoenas necessary for investigations pursuant to subsection 760.06(6), F.S.;
(e) Make determinations as provided by Rule 60Y-5.004, F.A.C.;
(f) Dismiss complaints, as provided by Rule 60Y-5.006, F.A.C.;
(g) Promote favorable public and community relations;
(h) Administer the day-to-day business of the Commission;
(i) Perform such other functions as the Commission may assign by rule or order.
(3) The Office of General Counsel represents the agency in all legal proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies. The Office of General Counsel has the following additional duties:
(a) Advise the Commission and Executive Director on legal matters;
(b) Make such legal reports and recommendations, written and oral, as are requested by the Commission, a Commissioner or the Executive Director;
(c) Make recommendations concerning determinations, as provided by Rule 60Y-5.004, F.A.C.;
(d) Prosecute Commission complaints;
(e) Provide voluntary mediation services;
(f) Within the Office of General Counsel shall be the Clerk to the Commission who shall:
1. Maintain all complaints, petitions, pleadings and other legal documents filed with the Commission;
2. Maintain all forms and instructions used by the Commission;
3. Maintain all petitions for variances and waivers of agency rules pursuant to Chapter 28-104, F.A.C.;
4. Assemble, certify and transmit records on appeal to appellate courts for review;
5. Respond to requests for information or copies of documents relevant to Commission cases;
6. Bill and collect monies for records on appeal and reproduced documents;
7. Certify and issue orders by the Commission or a Panel of Commissioners; and
8. Prepare and maintain a topical index of Commission or Panel decisions.
(g) Perform such other functions as the Commission or Executive Director may direct.
(4) The Office of Employment Investigations investigates and seeks to conciliate complaints of discriminatory practices in employment, public accommodations and whistleblower retaliation. The Office of Employment Investigations has the following additional duties:
(a) Seek to encourage settlement between parties;
(b) Make reports and recommendations as provided by Rule 60Y-5.004, F.A.C.;
(c) Provide fact-finding at the direction of the Executive Director; and
(d) Perform such other functions as the Executive Director may direct.
(5) The Office of Community Relations provides technical assistance to local commissions on human relations, local governments and to other persons to facilitate progress in human relations and the amelioration of intergroup tensions.
(6) The Office of Housing Investigations investigates and seeks to conciliate complaints of discriminatory practices in housing.
(7) The Office of Customer Service receives and dockets complaints, provides counseling for potential complainants, frames and perfects complaint allegations, provides Commission record-keeping and responds to requests for information.
(8) The Office of Management and Information Processing provides electronic word and data processing services to the Commission, including strategic planning, budget reports, complaint tracking, performance analysis, statistical reports and complaint investigation correspondence.
Specific Authority 760.06(12), 760.11(14), 760.31(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54, 760.03(7), 760.05, 760.06, 760.11, 760.30 FS. History–New 11-2-78, Amended 6-16-83, 8-12-85, Formerly 22T-6.04, Amended 4-20-87, Formerly 22T-6.004, Amended 4-20-00, 12-31-03.