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The Chair assures the integrity of the Commission’s process.

1. The assigned result of the Chair’s jobs is that the Commission behaves consistently with its own policies and those legitimately imposed upon it by the State of Florida.
a. Meeting discussion content will be on those issues that, according to Commission policy, clearly are under the jurisdiction and within the scope of the Commission to decide or to monitor.
b. Deliberation will be fair, open, and thorough, but also timely, orderly, and as authority as possible to effect a thorough discussion.

2. The authority of the Chair consists in making decisions that fall within topics covered by Commission's Governance Processes and the Commission-Executive Director Linkage, with the exception of employment or termination of the Executive Director.
a. The Chair is empowered to chair Commission meetings with all the commonly accepted powers of that position using the most recent copy of Roberts Rules of Order.
b. The Chair has no authority to make decisions about policies created by the Commission within the Governance Policy and Executive Limitations. Therefore, the Chair has no individual authority to supervise or direct the Executive Director. However, the Chair and the Executive Director shall maintain an ongoing, productive, and effective working relationship that continually ensures that the mission, goals, and priorities of the Commission are achieved.
c. The Chair may represent the Commission to outside parties. The Chair may delegate this authority, but remains accountable.

3. In the event the office of the Chair becomes vacant, the Vice Chair shall temporarily assume all responsibilities and perform all duties of the Chair and will perform all responsibilities and duties of the Chair until such time as an election for filling the office of Chair can be held. Such election shall be held within ninety (90) days from the date that the Chair’s vacancy occurs. In the event that there is no Vice Chair serving at the time of the Chair’s vacancy, any Commissioner whose current term has been in effect for the longest period of time shall temporarily serve as Chair until elections for filling both the office of Chair and Vice Chair can be held, as long as such elections are held within ninety (90) days from the date the Chair’s vacancy occurs.
Florida Commission on Human Relations
Governance Policy - January 20, 2022
Previously revised September 2014; Original November 2006

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