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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: September 10, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 3 <br /> SUBJECT: Discussion Regarding the Membership Composition of the Planned Committee <br /> to Examine the Election Method for Members of the Orange County Board of <br /> Commissioners <br /> DEPARTMENT: County Attorney & County <br /> Manager <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> John Roberts, County Attorney, 245- <br /> Excerpt from May 5, 2020 Virtual 2318 <br /> Business Meeting Minutes Greg Wilder, County Manager's Office, <br /> 245-2300 <br /> PURPOSE: To discuss the membership composition of the planned committee to be appointed <br /> to make recommendations on the election method for members of the Orange County Board of <br /> Commissioners. <br /> BACKGROUND: At the Board of Commissioners' April 7, 2020 Virtual Business meeting, a <br /> petition was voiced that the Board discuss and potentially change a portion of the process <br /> under which some or all Board members are elected. <br /> The Board subsequently discussed the issue at its May 5, 2020 Virtual Business meeting and <br /> voted to: <br /> 1) Establish a committee to study alternative methods of election; <br /> 2) Select members for the committee no later than January 31, 2021; <br /> 3) Have the committee review options and report back by July 31, 2021; and <br /> 4) For the Board to review the recommendations, and if necessary conduct public hearings <br /> and make a decision in time for the March 2022 primary election. <br /> CURRENT CONSIDERATION <br /> This item is presented for the Board to discuss the membership composition of the proposed <br /> committee. During the May 5t" meeting, there was discussion that the group should consist of <br /> experts, residents, nonprofits, etc., but there was not consensus. There was, however, <br /> consensus that the Board of Commissioners, as constituted after December 7, 2020 should <br /> decide on the ultimate individual appointees to the committee. <br /> Staff seeks direction from the Board on: <br /> 0 the total number of members the committee should include; <br />