Members present: Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Johnathan Hemphill, Kirk McClain, Zaneta Reid, Councilmember Regan Dunn, Councilmember Joe McDermott, Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, Councilmember Andrew Lewis, Mayor Nancy Backus, Mayor Angela Birney, and Councilmember Ed Prince
Other presenters: Leo Flor
Meeting highlights: This was the first meeting of the Governing Committee of the year. They had planned to start meeting much earlier in the year but due to COVID-19 the meetings were delayed.
The purpose of this meeting was to get started on the KCRHA. Although much work was being done throughout the previous months, the Governing Committee needed to start its responsibilities to move the KCRHA forwarded.
Background: As background, in December 2019, King County and the City of Seattle entered into an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) for the establishment of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to oversee policy, funding, and services for people experiencing homelessness countywide. A Governing Committee was formed to act as the administrator for the KCRHA.
Public comment: It was reminded that the public chat box was available for questions and comments but it appeared there were no questions/comments.
The 12 member committee briefly introduced themselves (in no particular order) to each other (although many if not most knew each other, had worked together in the past).
Leo Flor, Director of King County Department of Community and Human Services along with Jason Johnson, Director of Human Services gave a PowerPoint presentation providing a bit of background on why the KCRHA was formed, what the next important steps for the Governing Committee were as well as a timeline.
It took two years of prep work to get to the current point of kicking off the KCRHA. It will take about 1 and 1/2 years to fully transition to the new structure, so that by the start of January 2021 the KCRHA will begin operation but the transition will be complete and the KCRHA fully operational by the end of 2021.
A timeline was reviewed with 3 key decision items and 3 key plan items as follows:
Q&A opportunity but nothing asked other than to make the timeline slide clearer for all - possibly breaking it down in to a few slides
CEO Recruitment & Hiring
Durkan then talked about the importance of the Governing Committee and Implementation Board working closely together throughout, especially in the hiring of the CEO. Then Bobby Humes from Human Resources gave an overview of the planned hiring process. They are reviewing several hiring firms to determine which one to engage. There is a variety of selection criteria being used to evaluate the firms. This selection criteria will be shared with the Governing Committee. Gonzalez made a point that the firm selected must have proven experience in equity, There is a review committee in place to assess the firms and a recommendation will be made for the Governing Committee to approve at the next meeting.
Implementation Board Appointment & Confirmation
It was also agreed that the Implementation Board be determined by July.
Committee Business and Potential Action
Q&A opportunity again. Not much was discussed except that they needed to establish a regular meeting schedule at this time.
It was agreed to meet on the third Thursday of every month from 10am - noon. This was voted on and agreed unanimously.
Durkan brought up the bylaws, and Flor expanded on this. They are being drafted in a team made up of representatives from all the different areas and will be distributed to all the Governing Committee prior to the next meeting for the Governing Committee to review and vote on at the next meeting.
The last item discussed was selection of a chair or co-chairs for the Governing Committee. Three co-chair names were put forth - Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Councilman Prince. There was discussion that a lived experience person should also be a co-chair. It was decided to review further and vote on at the next meeting.
Then the meeting was adjourned.