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NEVADA CITY, Calif. March 13, 2019 – The Local Agency Formation Commission of Nevada County (Nevada LAFCo) is accepting applications for the Commission’s Public and Alternate Public Member positions. The term of office will be from the date of appointment to the first Monday in May of 2023. Alternate members participate in all discussions, may be appointed to committees, and receive stipends and mileage reimbursements for meetings attended. They do not vote on matters before LAFCo however, except in the absence of the corresponding regular member, or when the regular member disqualifies himself or herself from voting. Although both incumbents have expressed an intention to apply, members of the public are also encouraged to do so. Both positions will be filled from the pool of applicants, so each applicant will be considered for both positions unless he or she requests otherwise.
What is LAFCo?
A Local Agency Formation Commission is an independent agency in each county created by the State Legislature to oversee boundary changes of cities and special districts, including annexations, consolidations, and formations. LAFCo was established to ensure orderly growth and reliable, economical public services, to prevent urban sprawl, and to protect agricultural and open space lands. Commissioners review proposals for consistency with LAFCo law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Nevada LAFCo policy. Additional information about LAFCo’s responsibilities and Commissioner’s duties will be provided to applicants following receipt of their Letter of Interest. Potential applicants may wish to refer to the Nevada LAFCo website www.mynevadacounty.com/907 and/or the CALAFCO website, the California Association of LAFCos www.calafco.org.
What is required of a LAFCo Commissioner?
Nevada LAFCo usually meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 9:30 a.m. in Nevada City. Meetings typically run from one to three hours. Preparation for each meeting may require anywhere from two to six hours of reading depending on the complexity of the proposal(s) being considered, and the length of the agenda. All members are expected to attend meetings regularly. Neither the Public Member nor the Alternate Public Member may be an employee or officer of the County, a city, a town or a special district within the jurisdiction of Nevada County. Commissioners must file Statements of Economic Interest (Form 700) as required annually by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Commissioners are also required (every two years) to update their Ethics Certification per AB 1234.
How do I apply?
To apply for LAFCo’s Public Member or Alternate Public Member position, please send a letter to the Nevada LAFCo Executive Officer, SR Jones, explaining why you are interested in serving on LAFCo and what education or experience you may have which qualifies you for the position. Your letter must be received in the LAFCo office by Friday, April 26, 2019. Applicants will be interviewed by the Commission at its May 16, 2019 meeting, and the successful applicant will be seated after the interviews. For more information, please contact Deborah Gilcrest, Commission Clerk of Nevada LAFCo, at 530-265-7180; or e-mail Nevada LAFCo at SR.Jones@co.nevada.ca.us.