Food Policy Council
This structure expands the Food
Policy Council of the City of Knoxville (FPC) to a City-County Food
Policy Council. The new group is advisory to the Mayor and
the County Executive and to the City Council and County Commission,
as well as to the community at large.
Food Policy Council; Membership; Appointment; Terms The Council
will consist of eleven (11) members. Six (6) members shall be appointed
by the Knox County Executive. Five (5) members shall be appointed
by the Mayor of the City of Knoxville. Council members should be
chosen for interest in food-related issues, wisdom, breadth of vision
and experience with civic and governmental affairs. The Council
as a whole should have a mix of food industry, nutrition and health,
consumer and neighborhood advocates and governmental interests.
All members shall serve without compensation or remuneration.
The Council's members shall serve for a term of three (3) years.
The initial appointees shall serve for the following terms: (a)
one (1) appointee of the Mayor of the City of Knoxville and two
(2) appointees of the Knox County Executive shall serve for a period
of one (1) year, to be succeeded by appointees serving full three
(3) year terms; (b) two (2) of the initial appointees by the Mayor
of the City of Knoxville and two (2) of the initial appointees of
the Knox County Executive shall serve for a term of two (2) years,
to be succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year terms;
and (c) two (2) of the initial appointees of the Mayor of the City
of Knoxville and two of the initial appointees of the Knox County
Executive shall serve for a full term of three (3) years, to be
succeeded by appointees serving full three (3) year terms.
Associate Members From time to time the FPC may select "Associate
Members" who will participate fully in the deliberations of
the Council, although they will not have voting privileges. Associates
will be selected because of their special interest in food-related
issues and/or professional and organizational connections.
Officers A Chairperson, Vice-chairperson, and Secretary will be
elected by the Council each year to serve for a one-year term. These
people will be the official spokespersons for the Council, will
preside at meetings and carry out the usual functions of those offices.
Executive Committee: A four
person group consisting of the current Chair and Vice-Chair, the
Secretary, and an "at large" member elected by the Council,
will assist in developing the FPC program, provide regular consultation
to staff, and generally assist in formulating materials to be acted
upon at monthly meetings.
Nominating Committee: The FPC
Chair will appoint from among FPC members, at an appropriate time
each year, a four person nominating committee that will have two
(1) Developing a slate of officers to serve for the coming year;
(2) Developing a list of recommended new members for the FPC as
Special Committees: The Chair
will from time to time designate special committees selected from
among FPC Members, Associate Members and Staff, assigning responsibility
to pursue specific issues or carry out special projects.
External Advisory Committees:
From time to time the FPC has assembled advisory committees. These
groups provide access to an additional spectrum of interest, which
may not be represented on the Council itself. They also enable the
Council to tap in to areas of expertise related to subject matter
under consideration by the Council.
Powers and Authority: The FPC
is an advisory body. It has no regulatory authority. Unless legislative
bodies or executives grant administrative or regulatory authority,
the FPC's influence is through coordination, information exchange
and networking, and advocacy through reports and recommendations.
Administrative Assistance: The
Council will need basic administrative assistance to facilitate
its meetings and normal business., such as keeping minutes, sending
out meeting announcements, helping with logistics, etc. It is also
necessary to manage records of Council proceedings and documents
related to its activities. Representatives of the County and City
governments will work together to allocate responsibilities for
administrative assistance to be provided by relevant City and County