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Fri, 19 Jul 1996 16:29:36 -0500
Well....my web work came to a blazing stop today...AOL has
some problems, so I can't upload the nine pages and seventeen
graphics to the account this afternoon.
So, it gave me some more time to go back and find through all
of my references more information on just whom does the
District Commissioner works for.
Here's part of what I wrote earlier, using the BSA's Field Operations
Manual as reference:
>Who does the District Commissioner report to?
Directly, each District Commissioner reports to the Council's
Commissioner, like each District's Chair reports to the Council President
or a Vice-President for District Operations, depending on size of Council
and structure of volunteer staffs. In larger Councils, all District
Commissioners may report to the Assistant Council Commissioner.
On the District Commissioner's Job Description card, is more explicitly
what I've wrote here:
"Report to the District Chair(man) in the District structure; relate to the
Council Commissioner in regard to the unit-service function"
(District Commissioner Job card, part of the Council/District Job card
set, BSA #4265)
Indirectly, the District Commissioner works as part of the "Key Three",
"Key Five" or "Key Seven" members of your District. The "Three",
"Five" or "Seven" refers to the three, five or seven critical members of
your District's operational team: normally, the District Commissioner,
Executive and Chair in most full-service Districts; some Districts have two
professionals and a youth member of that team (five); some Districts include
the three other Vice Chairs of the District (so the composition would be
Chair, Executive, Commissioner, along with Vice-Chair Membership,
Vice-Chair Program, Vice-Chair Finance, youth member). In this manner, as
the "Vice-Chair Service", the District Commissioner is a part of and usually
supportive of, the District Chair of the District.
Even larger Districts have a "Key Eight" or "Nine" which adds the other
professional members to that team. Some Districts have two or three
professional staff members assigned to them.
Also indirectly, the District Commissioner, particularily if he or she is the
senior Exploring Commissioner/Service Team member in that Exploring
District, works with both the Council's Commissioner and the Council
Exploring Chair, whom is usually a Vice-President of the Council's operation.
>This is a position approved by the council and not elected by the
What??? I don't have a copy of the current "The Council" booklet, but
I'm sure that the District Commissioner, like the Chair, are elected by the
body representing the District's unit membership (the Chartered
Organizational Representatives and members of the District Committee)
Like the Chair of the District, the Commissioner is confirmed by Council
Executive Board action, not approved.
The Council Executive Board Orientation and Presidents' Guide states
that one of the duties of the Council Executive Board is to "elect or
approve, on recommendation of the Districts and Scout Executive, the
District Commissioners"; and "Each District committee elects a chair,
vice-chairholders, and other District committee members. The District
Chair is nominated and elected by the District Committee. The District
Commissioners' staff provides unit service."
In the three times I've served as District Commissioner, I was elected to the
position by the District (even if I was the only person on the ballot) and
confirmed by Council Executive Board action. In the one time I was
appointed as District Comissioner, I was still confirmed.
But then, ALL volunteer positions at the District and Council level are
approved by the Council Scout Executive, then as now.
>Therefore, does he report to the Council Commissioner or does he
>report to the District Chairman?
Both, as I mentioned here.
>If you are able to reference your answer, it would be greatly
The immediate reference I have here is the BSA's Field Operations manual,
1993 edition, pages 4-16/17, under "District Commissioner". The volunteer
equal to this is a publication called "The District", which I have a rather old
(1990 edition) copy of.
The other references are as stated.
I hope that this information helps you out somewhat!
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