Larimer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
By-Laws

June 2011
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Article I
Name and Purpose

  1. Name: The name of the organization is the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which is authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
  2. Purpose: The Larimer County WIB represents the community and provides employer-led, strategic leadership, convening necessary partners to assist employers find talent in existing and emerging industries and residents reach their fullest potential.
  3. Program Year: The WIB program year shall be July 1 through June 30.

Article II
Membership

  1. Membership: The optimum number of voting members serving on the WIB shall be 35, not including any ex-officio members.
  2. Representation:
    1. A majority of the WIB membership (51%) shall be Private Sector, voting, Members who are representatives of industry and business in the local area, who
      1. Are owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority;
      2. Represent businesses with employment opportunities that reflect the employment opportunities of the local area; and
      3. Are appointed from among individuals nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations;
    2. Other members of the WIB shall be Public Sector, voting, Members and should include:
      1. Representatives of local educational entities, including representatives of local educational agencies, local school boards, entities providing adult education and literacy activities, and post-secondary educational institutions (including representatives of community colleges), selected from among individuals nominated by regional or local educational agencies, institutions, or organizations representing such local educational entities;
      2. Representatives of labor organizations (for a local area in which employees are represented by labor organizations), nominated by local labor federations, or (for a local area in which no employees are represented by such organizations), other representatives of employees;
      3. Representatives of community-based organizations (including organizations representing individuals with disabilities and veterans, for a local area in which such organizations are present);
      4. Representatives of economic development agencies, including private sector economic development entities; and
      5. Representatives of each of the one-stop partners.
    3. The WIB shall also include Ex-officio, non-voting, members, as determined by the WIB including, but not limited to Colorado Department of Labor officials, Larimer County Commissioners and Colorado Workforce Development Council representatives.
  3. Nominations and Appointment:
    1. Nominations for the WIB will be solicited annually from the community including the private sector, business organizations and other interested organizations and institutions. The Executive Committee will review all nominations and will forward recommendations for appointment to the Larimer County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will review all applications and convene an interview panel for applicants selected for an interview. The interview panel generally includes a representative from the BOCC, the WIB chair and a Workforce Center representative. The interview panel will make recommendations to the Larimer County Commissioners for the members who shall take office July 1.
    2. Members will be appointed by the Larimer County Commissioners, in accordance with the guidelines of WIA, for three year alternating terms from July 1 to June 30, which may be renewed.
  4. Vacancies and Removal from the Board:
    1. Vacancies shall be filled promptly with the Executive Committee recommending an appointment to the Larimer County Commissioners. Appointments to vacancies will be for the duration of the unexpired term with the opportunity for reappointment to a new term once the unexpired term is complete.
    2. Members of the WIB may be removed for cause in accordance with procedures established by the WIB. Three (3) consecutive absences or five (5) total absences from regularly scheduled WIB meetings during a fiscal year shall constitute de facto resignation of the member.

Article III
Meetings

  1. Regular Meetings: Meetings of the WIB shall be held on a quarterly basis at a time specified/designated by the WIB. Written and/or electronic notice of all meetings will be sent out prior to the meeting and will include a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting and a tentative agenda.
  2. Special Meetings: The WIB Chairperson may call special meetings with appropriate notification of the membership.
  3. Sunshine Act: All meetings of the WIB are open to the public, pursuant to the Open Meeting Law of the Colorado Sunshine Act
    (24-6-402, C.R.S.) As such, notice of WIB meetings will be posted within a reasonable time prior to each meeting in an area that is open to public view. Announcement of the posting location will be made by the WIB Chairperson and recorded in the minutes at least once a year.
  4. Quorum: A quorum at any meeting of the Larimer County WIB shall consist of not fewer than 50% plus one of the voting members.
  5. Meeting Procedures: The proceedings of the WIB shall be governed by and conducted according to the most current version of Robert’s Rules of Order unless superseded by rules adopted by the Board.

Article IV
Officers

  1. Officers: The officers of the WIB are a Chairperson, a Chairperson Elect, a Youth Council Chair and the Secretary. The Chairperson, the Chairperson Elect shall be selected from the private sector membership of the WIB while the Secretary and Youth Council Chair may be a representative from any membership category of the WIB.
  2. Election of the Officers: The election of the officers will be held by the end of December of each year. A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson at the September or October board meeting and shall be responsible for presenting to the WIB recommendations for candidates for the officer positions. The WIB will receive the Nominating Committee report, review additional candidates if presented, and elect the officers who shall take office January 1st for a one year term. Officers may serve multiple terms.
  3. Duties of the Officers:
    1. The Chairperson shall be the spokesperson for the board and shall preside at all meetings of the board. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Chair Elect will perform the duties of the chair. The Chairperson will also appoint all committees and their membership and sign all applicable reports, letters or fiscal documents on behalf of the WIB.
    2. The Chairperson Elect shall become familiar with the office of Chairperson. The Chairperson Elect shall lead meetings of the WIB in the Chairperson’s absence.
    3. The Youth Council Chair shall develop portions of the local plan relating to eligible youth and shall attend regularly scheduled Youth Council meetings and provide updates to the WIB.
    4. The Secretary shall maintain all official minutes and records of the WIB with assistance by the Workforce Center staff.
  4. Vacancies:
    1. In the event of a vacancy, a new officer shall be elected by the WIB at the next regularly scheduled meeting

Article V
Committees

  1. Committees & Divisions, Formation and Dissolution: The WIB will establish standing committees and other committees or subcommittees it deems necessary to carry out the functions of the board.
  2. Authority: When established, such committees or subcommittees will, after careful consideration, forward recommendations to the board for appropriate action. No committee shall take any public or formalized action on any resolution, or commit the WIB on any question of policy without prior approval of the WIB, except as delegated by the WIB. No committee may exceed its budgeted appropriation without prior consent of the WIB. All committee meetings shall be publically announced and open to the general public.
  3. Ad-Hoc Committees: Except for standing committees, all other committees and subcommittees shall be ad hoc.
  4. Executive Committee:The Executive Committee shall be composed of the four officers. The Executive Committee shall, during the intervals between meetings of the WIB, exercise the functions of the WIB, subject to final action by the WIB. The Executive Committee shall attend to the interim work of the WIB and also shall perform such duties as delegated by the WIB. A majority of all the members shall constitute a quorum.
  5. Youth Council: The Youth Council shall be composed of members of the WIB with special interest and expertise in youth policy, representatives of youth service agencies and private sector representatives working with or hiring youth. The Youth Council membership may include individuals not serving on the WIB. The Youth Council shall develop the portions of the local plan relating to preparing young workers for entry-level employment and other duties determined to be appropriate by the WIB.

Article VI
Staff Relationships

The WIB shall be appropriately staffed. Staff should be selected or hired commensurate with the responsibilities necessary for the successful completion of the duties involved.


Article VII
Community Relationships

The WIB may assist in developing community relationships and other relationships appropriate to local needs and goals.


Article VIII
By-laws

These bylaws may be amended or repealed in whole or in part by a majority of all of the members of the WIB. Such action must be announced in the notice of such meetings and changes to the bylaws are with concurrence of the County Commissioners.


Article IX
Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when a person’s private, personal relationships or interest diverge so that an independent observer may reasonably question whether the person’s actions or decisions are determined by personal benefit, gain or advantage.

  1. Members of boards, commissions or task forces shall not use their membership for private gain, and shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.
  2. A member of any board, commission or task force who has a personal or private interest in a matter proposed or pending shall disclose such interest to the board, commission or task force, shall not vote on the item and shall not attempt to influence the decisions other members voting on the matter.
  3. Neither membership on the WIB nor the receipt of WIA funds to provide training and related services shall be construed, by itself, to violate provisions of the act or WIA regulations. A conflict of interest under this section would arise when the individual, or any member of the individual’s immediate family, the individual’s partner, or an organization that employs, or is about to employ any of the above, has a financial or other interest in the firm or organization selected for award.

Article X
Board Indemnification

The WIB may, by resolution of the WIB, provide for indemnification by the WIB of any or all of its Directors or Officers against expenses actually and necessarily incurred in connection with the defense of any action, suit, or proceeding in which any are parties, by reason of having been members of the WIB. Exception shall be made, however, in relation to matters involving fraud or criminal misconduct in the performance of duty.

Approved by the Workforce Investment Board this 13th day of April 2013.