COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Revisions to the Charter and By-Laws of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adoption of a Resolution approving revisions to the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Charter and By-Laws.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker; Foley; Davis; Trank; Miller

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                             INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                   INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:       Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In 1973, the County signed the Charter creating the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Center and became a founding member.  The Center provided criminal justice training and education to the law enforcement personnel of Albemarle County (Police and Sheriff’s Departments) and other jurisdictions within the region.  In October 1998, the Board adopted a resolution approving the formation of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy and its Charter, which replaced the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Center.  The Academy currently provides criminal justice services for a total of 59 agencies, including 14 counties and 20 cities and towns.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

To support the County’s Mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds (through lifelong learning and personal and professional growth, 1 of the 4 values of the County).

 

DISCUSSION:

In July 2006, the Academy’s Executive Committee reviewed its Charter and By-Laws, and updated these documents to reflect changes in the Academy’s physical location and internal operating procedures, as well as changes to state law governing the Academy.     Specifically, the changes reflect the Academy’s current location in Augusta County (formerly it was located in the City of Waynesboro); changes to procedures for admission of new members; changes to the method of approval of the Academy’s annual budget; clarification of the powers of the Executive Committee(which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Academy); revisions to procedures for termination of the Academy; and revisions to procedures governing the voting rights of directors.

 

One major change involves the right of members to withdrawal from the Academy.  The old Charter and By-Laws allowed withdrawal at any time with 6 months notice.  Changes to state law adopted in 2001 changed this to mandate that withdrawal could only occur every fifth year starting in 2001 and then only with approval by two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.  The other major change which does not affect the County or other existing members but only new members was to remove the lump sum payment in order to join.  Previously, the charter provided that the Academy Board could charge a lump sum payment as an entry fee in addition to the annual membership fees for new members.  Over the years, exceptions had been granted for every agency that applied for membership so this provision has been removed.

 

As one of the charter member organizations of the Academy, Albemarle County must approve the Academy’s revised Charter and By-Laws as a condition of membership.  This requires that the Board adopt a Resolution approving and incorporating the revised Charter and By-Laws of the Academy.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

This item has no budget impact.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution approving the Academy’s revised Charter and By-Laws.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Resolution approving revised CSCJTA Charter and By-Laws

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