Human Services Commission


Meetings: Monthly - Second Thursday
Agendas and Minutes
Time & Place:         6:30 p.m. Covington City Hall
Staff Contact: Julie Johnston, Personnel & Human Services Planner; 253-480-2411
Term: 3 years / Student terms are 1 year with option to serve a second year
Authority: Noreen Beaufrere, Personnel Manager
The Human Services Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the City Council and selected from individuals who have an interest in youth and family affairs, as evidenced by training, experience, interest or actions. The intent of the selection process shall be to evenly represent the area of interests as stated herein. Three members shall be adults residing or working within the City of Covington, two shall be adults residing inside or outside of the City of Covington, but within a three-mile radius of the City limits, and two youth members between the ages of 14 and 18 years at the start of their terms residing in or within a three-mile radius of the City of Covington.
The term of office for all adult members shall be three years. Each of the youth members shall serve for a term of one year with an option to serve a second year without reapplying. When a vacancy occurs on the Commission, the replacement shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term.
As a guideline, and to the extent practicable, appointments shall reflect a balance of interests and should include at least two persons employed at a business in the community, a member of the religious community, a representative of a regional human service planning organization such as the United Way or South King County Council of Human Services and a service club representative.
The Human Services Commission shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among its members. Such officers shall hold office for one year. The Council shall appoint appropriate staff to assist the Commission in the preparation of such reports and records as are necessary for the proper operation of the Commission. The Commission shall meet one time per month and upon call of the chairperson, as necessary.
The Human Services Commission shall make reports and recommendations to the City Council concerning issues relating to youth and families within the community including:
  1. Assess youth and family service needs within the City on a continuing basis;
  2. Determine priorities for human service needs within the City;
  3. Evaluate and make recommendations on funding requests submitted to the City;
  4. Support the development of programs to assist the youth and families within the City;
  5. Evaluate and review the program performance of individual human service organizations and agencies that are funded by the City of Covington;
  6. Review City actions that may affect the availability and quality of human services within the City;
  7. Coordinate with human services planning organizations, human services agencies, and other groups within the region;
  8. Assess the recreational needs of youth and families within the City, in cooperation with other City Commissions;
  9. Search for and evaluate potential support resources for the City in furtherance of the stated goals and responsibilities herein;
  10. The Human Services Commission shall provide periodic reports to the City Council setting forth its progress in completing its work program for the current fiscal year. The chairperson of the Human Services Commission or designee is encouraged to regularly present updates to the City Council at the first regular City Council meeting or study session after each Human Services Commission meeting. Covington Municipal Code (CMC) 2.40.


                 Members:                                                 3-Year Term:
  Debbie Jacobson - Pos. #1    3/31/2020
               Chair   Leslie Hamada - Pos. #2 3/31/2020
      Vice  Chair Dawn Allen - Pos. #3 3/31/2022
                     Karson Humiston - Pos. #4 (Youth - 1 Yr. Term)  3/31/2020
  Alayna Galfo- Pos #5 (Youth - 1 Yr. Term)   3/31/2020
  Catherine Williams - Pos. #6 3/31/2022
  Lydia Faitalia- Pos. #7 3/31/2022