CITT Selection Process
The ordinance creating the Citizens's Independent Transportation Trust also defines the manner by which members are nominated and approved. The Nominating Committee is in charge of the CITT selection process is comprised of 18 members, representative of the geographical, ethnic, racial, and gender makeup of Miami-Dade County.The CITT as stipulated under the ordinance, states that it is to have fifteen members: one residing in each of Miami-Dade County's thirteen commission districts, one appointed by the Mayor and one by the Miami-Dade League of Cities without regard to their district of residence.
All members must be residents of Miami-Dade County who possess outstanding reputations for civic involvement, integrity, responsibility, and business and/or professional ability and experience or interest in the fields of transportation mobility improvements or operations, or land use planning.
No person shall be eligible to serve as a member of the CITT who has any interest, direct or indirect, in a contract with the County or in any corporation, partnership or other entity that has a contract with the County, or who is a member of a community council.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for submitting 15 different slates made up of four candidates each to fulfill the 15 member CITT. Thirteen slates are created for each of the thirteen commission districts, one slate without regard to district for the Dade League of Cities and one slate without regard to district for the Mayor. Each is submitted to their respective District Commissioner, the Dade League of Cities and the Mayor. The parties must each select a name form their slate, however, they are allowed to petition for a new slate of entirely new nominations, should they deem it necessary.
The initial members from Districts 1 to 5, inclusive, shall serve two-year terms; the initial members from Districts 6 to 9, inclusive, shall serve three-year terms; and, the initial members from Districts 10 to 13, inclusive, shall serve four-year terms. The selection of the Mayor shall serve an initial term of four years. The selection of the Miami-Dade League of Cities shall serve an initial term of two years. Such initial terms shall be subject to automatic expiration.
Any vacancy on the Trust that occurs after appointment of the initial membership, as well as appointment of successors to those members whose terms have expired shall be filled directly by appointment of the Commissioner for the district for in which a vacancy occurs, or, in the case of a vacancy in a Miami-Dade League of Cities appointment shall be filled by appointment of the League, or, in the case of a vacancy in a mayoral appointment shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor.
Such appointments shall be made from a slate submitted by the Nominating Committee following the preset guidelines. The foregoing notwithstanding, an incoming District Commissioner or Mayor may elect to re-appoint his or her predecessor's currently serving appointee, in which case there shall be no need for the Nominating Committee to submit a slate of candidates for such vacancy.
The term of any Trust member appointed or re-appointed pursuant to this subsection after the initial terms set forth above shall be for a term of four years, and in the case of Commissioner or Mayor appointees shall be subject to automatic expiration as provided in subsection (c) of Section 2-11.38.2 of the Code provided however, a District Commissioner or Mayor appointed Trust member may continue to serve until the appointment and ratification of the succeeding District Commissioner's or Mayor's selection.
Members may be re-appointed, however no member shall serve more than the maximum number of years provided in subsection (b) of Section 2-11.38.2 of the Code. If an appointment is not made by the District Commissioner (or the League or Mayor where applicable) within thirty (30) days from the date on which the Nominating Committee submits the required slate of candidates, the County Commission may appoint the successor.
The committee is composed of the following members:
- Richard Friedman
- Honorable Horace Feliu
Miami-Dade County League of Cities
Miami-Dade League of Women Voters
Coalition of Miami-Dade Chambers of Commerce
- Luverne Jones
United Way of Miami-Dade
- Bill Isley
Underrepresented People's Positive Action Council
Alliance for the Aging
- Loretta Pieze
NAACP, Miami-Dade Chapter
- William D. Talbert, III
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Dario Moreno, Ph.D
Florida International University
- Dawn Addy, Ph.D.
- Judy Schmelzer
- Lucie Tondreau
Haitian American Grassroots Coalition
- Robert Weinreb
Urban Environment League of Greater Miami
- Joyce E. Winebrenner - Vice-Chairperson
People Acting for Community Together
- Naomi Wright
Citizens's Transportation Advisory Committee
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