Paradise Valley Town Council eyes change to appointed commission terms

Paradise Valley Town Council fielded a discussion on changing the starting date of terms for appointed members of committees, commissions and boards at its Thursday, Sept. 8 study session meeting.

The town council discussed changing the start date from Oct. 1 of each year to April 1, in order to better align with mayor and town council terms, according to a staff presentation. This change would amend sections of Ordinance 2016-05.

While the town council did not render an official decision; however, it appears the town council will vote in favor of this amendment. The amendment will be up for official vote at the Sept. 22 business meeting.

The committees that the changes would impact are: Arts Advisory Committee; Board of Adjustment; Hillside Building Committee; Historical Advisory Committee; Personnel Appeals Board; Planning Commission; and Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board.

On the flip side, the amendment would not affect the Municipal Court Judges, Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust and Municipal Property Corporation.

According to the staff presentation, one of the advantages of implicating a new timeline is to allow time for a newly-elected council will have more time to take office, host a policy and goal retreat and better assess the applicant’s strength and qualification for their positions.

Additionally, the staff presentation states there is hope that a spring application process will bring forth more interest than the current model.

Prior to 2014, terms started in June, allowing for committee recruitment to occur over the summer with appointments happening in September.

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