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Union County, North Carolina

Procedure for Appointments to Boards and Committees



Rule 32. Appointments. The board shall use the following procedure to make appointments to fill vacancies in the board itself or in other boards and public offices over which the board has power of appointment.

Upon receipt of notification that the board has vacancies to fill, the Clerk shall make reasonable efforts to notify the public of the vacancies to be filled. The notification to the public may include any of the following: (1) the posting of a public notice of the vacancies to be filled by the board on the main bulletin board of the Union County Government Center; (2) the publication of a notice to be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in Union County, said publication to take place not less than seven (7) days, nor more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting at which the board will consider filling the vacancy (3) the running of a notice on local cable television; (4) such other reasonable notification designed to notify the public that the board is considering the filling of a vacancy. The notice shall advise the public of the nature of the vacancies to be filled by the board at a particular meeting, and shall invite members of the public to submit applications for the vacancies. The applications shall be made available by the Clerk, and shall be in such form as has been approved by the board. In order to be considered at a given meeting, the application must be received in the office of the Clerk to the Board not later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding the meeting.

The chair shall open the floor to nominations, whereupon the members shall put forward and debate names of possible appointees. After the debate, the chair shall call the names of each nominee, in the order of their nomination, and each member of the board shall vote. The first nominee to receive a majority of the votes of the members of the board present shall be appointed. In the event that there shall be more than one position open for appointment on a given board, then the chair shall continue to call the names of the nominees, in the order of their nomination, until all positions are filled.


  1. Appointments to boards and committees are normally made at regular Board of Commissioners’ meetings during the New Business portion of the meeting.
  2. The Clerk to the Board provides copies of the applications to the Board prior to the meeting at which appointments are scheduled to be made.
  3. Once the appointments are made, each applicant will be sent a letter signed by the Chairman informing the applicant whether or not the applicant was appointed.