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Cuyahoga County Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nailah K. Byrd
1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216-443-7148
nbyrd@cuyahogacounty.us


WEBSITE:
https://cuyahogacounty.us/executive/initiatives/citizens-advisory-council-on-equity


DESCRIPTION OF BOARD AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity shall be first appointed in July of 2020 to obtain community input on the full range of equity issues in Cuyahoga County, and on an ad hoc basis as may be necessary to support the work of the County Executive, County Council, Equity Commission and/or Human Rights Commission, and shall be composed of fifteen (15) County residents, appointed by the Executive, and confirmed by Council, of which not more than three (3) may be employees of Cuyahoga County and two (2) County residents, appointed by the County Council President, of which either or both may be employees of Cuyahoga County. The members shall serve staggered terms as described in Ordinance No. O2020-0018. The County Executive and the Council shall use good faith efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in appointing the members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity. Members will serve without compensation, except for actual expenses.

Leadership and Staffing: The Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity shall choose its own leaders and develop its own rules of procedure, consistent with this section, other County ordinances, and the County Charter. The Executive shall provide staff support as needed.

Duties: The duties of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity shall include:
  1. Acting as a resource for information and advice for the Equity Commission and the Human Rights Commission 
  2. Encouraging community outreach and public participation in the development of equity goals, strategies and programs 
  3. Providing recommendations and input to the Executive and Council regarding the development of equity goals, strategies and programs 
  4. Meeting publicly on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for the public to offer ideas and recommendations regarding equity 
  5. Upon completing its work and at such other times as may be appropriate, the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity shall provide a report of findings and recommendations for policies and programs from the Advisory Council and collected from the public regarding equity to the Executive and the Council. This report shall also be made available to the public online.

QUALIFICATIONS:
The Citizens’ Advisory Council shall consist of fifteen (15) County residents, appointed by the Executive, and confirmed by Council, of which not more than three (3) may be employees of Cuyahoga County and two (2) County residents, appointed by the County Council President, of which either or both may be employees of Cuyahoga County. The County Executive and the Council shall use good faith efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in appointing the members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity. The members of this Council will serve without compensation.


MEMBERSHIP:

Name  Term Ends Appointed By/Representation
Rabbi Joshua Caruso 7/14/2024 County Executive
Stephen Caviness 7/14/2024 County Executive
Rev. Kenneth Chalker 7/14/2022 County Executive
Jenice Contreras 7/14/2023 County Executive
Habeebah Grimes 7/14/2022 County Executive
Heidi Gullett 7/14/2023 County Executive
India Pierce Lee 7/14/2023 County Executive
Randy McShepard 7/14/2023 County Executive
Marsha Mockabee 7/14/2024 County Executive
Levine Ross 7/14/2025 Council President
Victor Ruiz 7/14/2022 County Executive
Yanela Sims 7/14/2025 Council President
Glen Shumate 7/14/2022
County Executive
Cordell Stokes 7/14/2024 County Executive
Danielle Sydnor 7/14/2022 County Executive
Eddie Taylor 7/14/2023 County Executive
Sheila Wright 7/14/2024 County Executive


LOCATION:
Starting August 9, 2021, the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity ("CACE") will meet in person in Room 5-006 on the fifth floor of the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters located at 2079 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115. Parking validation is available for parking in the attached garage.

The Public may also view the meeting via live-stream by using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/c/cuyahogacounty.


PUBLIC COMMENT:
The Citizens' Advisory Committee on Equity (“CACE”) accepts oral and written comments from the public on proposed equity strategies, goals, programs and other agency activities. Comments from the public help us learn about and consider diverse points of view and improve the quality of our policy making efforts.

Members of the public who wish to make public comment shall submit a "Public Comment Request Form" to Clerk Nailah K. Byrd, or her designee, at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting's scheduled start time. During the public comment portion of the agenda, commenters will be invited to approach the podium and asked to state their name and address prior to making comment. Members of the public are expected to conduct themselves in a civil and respectful manner at all times. Public comments must be directed to the CACE as a whole as opposed to any individual member, must not contain obscenity, commercial advertising, or defamatory remarks, and are limited to three minutes in length. The CACE reserves the right to silence and/or remove members of the public who make comments which are inappropriate in nature or unrelated to the function of the body.

Members of the public may submit written public comments by sending an email to equity@cuyahogacounty.us. Written comments may be published on the CACE website. Please do not include any sensitive or confidential information as all emails submitted are subject to the provisions of the Ohio Public Records Laws. The CACE reserves the right to refuse to post comments that contain vulgar, profane, obscene, violent or offensive language and/or sexual content or links to sexual content, content unrelated to the function of the body, threats to any person or organization, or content that violates Federal, State, or Local laws.



BYLAWS:

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