Leon County Board of County Commissioners
Children's Service Council of Leon County
The CSC is NOT a citizen commitee or division of Leon County Government; however, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners is charged with the responsibility of recommending a minimum of 15 candidates to the Governor to fill five (5) seats on the CSC. Those interested in seeking gubernatorial appointment to the CSC must complete the County's online application form.
The CSC has the following powers and functions:
- To provide and maintain in the County such preventive, developmental, treatment and rehabilitative services for children as the council determines are needed for the general welfare of the County.
- To provide such other services for all children as the Council determines are needed for the general welfare of the County.
- To allocate and provide funds for other agencies in the County which are operated for the benefit of children, provided they are not under the exclusive jurisdiction of the public school system.
- To collect information and statistical data and to conduct research, which will be helpful to the Council and the County in deciding the needs of children in the County.
- To consult with other agencies dedicated to the welfare of children, to the end that the overlapping of services will be prevented.
- To lease or buy such real estate, equipment, and personal property and to construct such buildings as are needed to execute the foregoing powers and functions, provided that no such purchases shall be made or building done unless paid for with cash on hand or secured by funds deposited in financial institutions. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to authorize the district to issue bonds of any nature, nor shall the district have the power to require the imposition of any bond by the Board of County Commissioners.
- To employ, pay, and provide benefits for any part-time or full-time personnel needed to execute the foregoing powers and duties.
Ordinance No. 18-13
In accordance with Florida Statutes, the five (5) gubernatorial appointees to the CSC shall meet the following criteria:
- Have been residents of Leon County for the previous 24-month period.
- To the extent possible, represent the demographic diversity of the population of Leon County.
- File a Financial Disclosure Form 1.
Members must file a Financial Disclosure Form 1 from the Florida Commission on Ethics within 30 days of being appointed and annually by July 1 thereafter. In addition, when leaving the committee members must file a final Form 1F within 60 days of leaving their public position. The final Form 1F covers the disclosure period between January 1 and your last day of office within that year.
Thereafter, the CSC shall provide an annual written report to be presented no later than January 1 to the Board of County Commissioners, to include:
- The Superintendent of Leon County Schools
- A school board member (as appointed by the Leon County School Board)
- The Department of Children and Families District Administrator, or his or her designee.
- One County Commissioner as appointed by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners
- A judge assigned to juvenile cases, as appointed by the Chief Judge.
- Five (5) members appointed by the Governor. The Board of County Commissioners shall submit to the Governor the names of at least three (3) persons for each vacancy occurring among the five (5) members appointed by the Governor, and the Governor shall appoint members to the Council from the candidates nominated by the Board of County Commissioners. The Governor shall make a selection within a 45-day period or request a new list of candidates.
Maximum Number of Terms: Unlimited
The initial terms of the Governor's appointees shall be staggered.
Should a Governor appointed member resign, die or be removed from office, the vacancy will be filled by an appointment by the Governor using the same method as the original appointment. The vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term.