Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 23, 2014
September 23, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #36

Children's Services Advisory Board Appointments


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Brenda Rogers, Director
Community Services Department, x3489

Andy Guyre, Human Services Division Manager
Community Services Department, x3493

Action Requested

Appoint four (4) persons to the Children's Services Advisory Board (CSAB) to serve 3 year terms from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2017:  One (1) person as a representative of the Manatee County School Board; One (1) person as a representative of the NAACP; Two (2) people as child advocates.

Appoint one (1) person as child advocate to serve a 2 year term from October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2016.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
County Ordinance #91-42, Establishing the Children's Services Advisory Board (94-28 amended)

Background Discussion

The vacancies on the CSAB were publicly advertised.  Interested applicants were interviewed. No conflicts of interest were reported by any applicants.

School Board Representative appointee (one applicant):
Karen Carpenter

NAACP Representative (one applicant):
Lynette Edwards (current member)

Child Advocate Applicants: Select two (2) Child Advocates to a 3 year term:
Xtavia Bailey
Stacey Carollo
George Kenworthy
Eloise Turner Lisch
Melton Little (current member)
Susan Miller (current member)
Allen Morrell

On July 9, 1991, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 91-42 relating to the establishment of the Children's Services Advisory Board (Advisory Board).

Ordinance #91-42 (94-28 amended) provides that the Advisory Board shall have the power and duty to make recommendations to the County regarding the expenditure of the Children's Services Dedicated Millage Fund, to consult with agencies dedicated to the welfare of children to the end that overlapping of services will be prevented; and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by ordinance or resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.

To the extent possible the Advisory Board shall be comprised of a) a physician, preferably a pediatrician; b) a licensed mental health professional; c) a member of the NAACP; d) five (5) child advocates who are not affiliated with any agency receiving County funds; e) a criminal justice representative; f) a school board member; g) a representative from the Department of Children and Families; h) a representative of the United Way of Manatee County; and i) a Guardian Ad litem/Family Law Division representative.  Thirteen (13) total members.  Members serve 3 year terms.  Members are eligible for reappointment for successive terms without limitation.

Every member of the Advisory Board shall be required to disclose any employment with or position as an officer or director of any entity applying for or receiving funds from the millage dedicated to children's services.  Members will disclose, in the manner provided by Section 112.3143, Florida Statutes, the affiliation of the member or the member's spouse with any organization applying through the Advisory Board for funding, which shall be limited to any membership or affiliation within the last calendar year.

The terms of four (4) members expire on September 30, 2014.  Three (3) current members are seeking reappointment under their current positions.  One (1) member, Barbara Harvey, is not seeking reappointment as the School Board Representative.  The School Board voted on 8/26/2014 to appoint Karen Carpenter as their representative to the Advisory Board.

The two year appointment is to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Child Advocate Kameron Hodgens.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Notify Andy Guyre (andy.guyre@mymanatee.org) Marianne Lopata (marianne.lopata@mymanatee.org) and Shirley Talley (shirley.talley@mymanatee.org) of individuals selected.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  CSAB Allen Morrell App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Carpenter Karen App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Eloise Turner Lisch App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB George Kenworthy App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Lynette Edwards App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Melton Little App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Stacey Carollo App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Susan Miller App.pdf
Attachment:  CSAB Xtavia Bailey App.pdf
Attachment:  2012 CSAB Membership.pdf
Attachment:  NAACP Letter - Lynette Edwards Appointment.pdf