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There shall be an arts commission of the city of Bellevue. As used in this chapter, the term “art” or “arts” shall include, but not be limited to, all graphic and visual arts, performing skills and crafts.

A. Membership and Appointment. The arts commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the mayor following the consent of a majority of the city council. Commission members shall be appointed without respect to political affiliation and shall serve without compensation. The council liaison may recommend appointment of a nonvoting ex-officio member.

B. Eligibility. Members of the arts commission must be residents of the city of Bellevue. A member of the commission may not serve on the board of directors of an arts organization receiving city funding.

C. Terms of Office. The term for all positions on the commission shall be four years. Each position shall expire on May 31st of the last year of the term. The expiration date of the terms of the positions on the commission shall be staggered so that no more than four positions expire in the same year.

No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms, provided a person appointed to fill an unexpired term of less than two years is eligible to serve two successive four-year terms, and provided further, a person who is ineligible to serve for having served two consecutive terms may again serve after two years have elapsed from the end of the second such term.

D. Vacancies, Removal of Commission Members, and Filling of Unexpired Terms.

1. The position of a member of the arts commission shall become vacant upon such member ceasing to be a resident of the city.

2. Members of the commission may be removed at any time by the mayor, upon approval of a majority of the city council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, unexcused absence from three consecutive regular meetings of the commission, or for any reason deemed sufficient by a majority of the council. The decision of the council shall be final and there shall be no appeal.

3. Vacancies occurring for reasons other than the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by appointment by the mayor upon approval of a majority of the council.

E. Ethical Standards. Commission members shall be held to high ethical standards and shall at all times comply with the provisions of Chapter 3.92 BCC, as they exist now or may be hereafter amended. (Ord. 6238 § 2, 2015.)