October 6, 2015 Print E-mail

Special Meeting Minutes of October 6, 2015
Approved on 10/27/15

I.          Welcome and Introductions

Present: Susan Buckley, Jessica Callahan, Sydney Fisher Larson, Sheryl Lyons, Dian Pecora

Staff: Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa

Absent: Ovieda Elliott, Mark Lovelace


Sydney Fisher Larson called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm


II.         Public Comments and Announcements

Wendy announced that Connie Sundberg and Cameron Mull have been appointed by the Board of Supervisors today to serve as First 5 Humboldt Commissioners.  Both will be attending the Commission meeting on October 27th. Commissioners received the updated First 5 Humboldt Commission Roster.


Our Landlord, Robert Micheli, passed away in May.  The recently released obituary was shared with Commissioners. Robert’s family is a perfect example of the value of immigrants to our country and their capacity to contribute to society.



III.        Information Item: Appointment of Executive Director

Legal Counsel, Blair Angus, requested this meeting to clarify the Commission’s roles and responsibilities in appointing a new First 5 Humboldt Executive Director. Per statute, a County Commission has the option to be a legal public entity separate from the County or be an agency of the county. When the Commission was formed, the decision was made to become a legal public entity separate from the County, and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved and adopted an Ordinance that became effective in December 1998.


Blair explained that under the California Health & Safety Code, the Commission has the power to employ personnel and contract for personnel services that are required to meet its obligations, amongst other powers, duties, and responsibilities. This means that the Commission does not need the approval of the Board of Supervisors to hire an Executive Director.

Commissioners asked about the hiring process of other First 5 staff. Blair explained that the Commission has a Memorandum of Understanding with the County for services.  These support services include administrative services, fiscal services, legal services, purchasing services, IT services, Risk Management services, and additional services, as mutually agreed upon, in order to operate effectively. The County does receive compensation for these support services (A-87 Overhead charges and other charges). The County will help administer these services to support the Commission, who is responsible for overseeing that the services received are consistent with the Commission’s obligations.


Blair affirmed to the Commission that the meeting minutes of Aug. 21st are not correct as the selection of the Executive Director does not require Board of Supervisors approval. Blair suggested to inform the Board of Supervisors about the selection of the new Executive Director, either by letter or by during a regular scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.


Commissioners thanked Blair for the clarification of the Commission’s powers, duties, and responsibilities.


The meeting was adjourned at 6 pm.


Next regular scheduled Meeting:

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

5 – 7 pm

Humboldt Area Foundation

Chair:  Mark Lovelace


Minutes compiled by:  Andrea Sousa, Executive Secretary, First 5 Humboldt, 1012 - 2nd Street, Eureka, 95501


Next Meetings:

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015                      5 – 7 pm, First 5 Humboldt Office

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015                     8 – 10 am, First 5 Humboldt Office