State law details the composition of all LAFCos – and absent special legislation - shall generally include seven regular members divided between county (two), city (two), special district (two), and public (one) representation. Each represented category has one alternate. Appointments for the county, city, and special district seats are made by the board of supervisors, city selection committee, and the special district selection committee, respectively. The Executive Officer is also authorized to conduct an election for special district members if certain conditions apply. Appointments for public seats are made by the other regular members. All terms are four years and there are no term limits.
Marin LAFCo’s policies direct the membership to elect a Chair and Vice Chair from among its ranks to one-year terms at the first regular meeting in or immediately following May. The Chair serves as presiding officer of the Commission and is responsible for preserving appropriate order and decorum at all meetings. The Chair shall also serve as the immediate supervisor to the Executive Officer and is responsible for confirming agendas as well as making committee appointments. The Vice Chair shall have all the powers and duties of the Chair during their absence or inability to act.