Communications, Outreach & Appointments Committee

Committee Charge

Name: Communications, Outreach & Appointments Committee
Type: Standing
Authority: Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 2.6(e)
Appointing Authority: Town Council
Number of Voting Members: Five (5) Councilors
Term of Appointment: One (1) Year
Staff Support:  Not yet determined

Authority: Section 2.6(e) of the Amherst Home Rule Charter adopted on March 27, 2018 authorizes the Town Council to determine its own standing or ad hoc committees.

Responsibility: The Communications, Outreach and Appointments Committee shall:

  • Communications and Outreach
  • Advise the Town Council on matters related to District Meetings [Sec. 2.7], Public Forums [Sec. 2.13 and 5.3], and other strategies to broaden participation, ensure regular and transparent communication and outreach to residents of Amherst.
  • Work with the Residents’ Advisory Committee as outlined in the Charter.  
  • [Sec. 3.3(c)]
  • Work with the Community Participation Officer(s) as outlined in the Charter.
  • [Sec. 3.3(d)]
  • Appointments
  • Make recommendations to the Town Council regarding all appointments by the Town Council. [Sec. 2.9]
  • Serve as the Committee to review and advise the Town Council on all candidates forwarded by the Town Manager for employment as Department Heads. [Sec. 2.11(a)]
  • Serve as the Committee to review and advise the Town Council on all candidates forwarded by the Town Manager for appointment to multiple member bodies. [Sec. 2.11(b)]
  • Coordinate the annual review process of the Town Manager. [Sec. 3.9]

Membership: The Committee shall consist of five (5) Councilors.

Staff Support: Not yet determined

Charge Adopted: December 17, 2018