Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council: Governance
The Council elects their leadership annually. The chair and vice-chair manage and preside over the Advisory Council in coordination with the designated federal officer. In addition, the chairperson acts as official spokesperson for the Council.
The Council operates under the provisions of a charter issued by Secretary of the Interior. Operating procedures are further defined in bylaws adopted by the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council was established by the Boston Harbor Islands' enabling legislation. The Council is subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App.), which includes the designation of a federal officer to oversee the management of the Council. The Designated Federal Officer is the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Service Superintendent. The Council reports to the Northeast Regional Director of the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
On September 1, 1905, Elliot Hadley lit the most powerful light in Massachusetts at the top of Graves Lighthouse, now in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The first-order Fresnel lens aided in navigation and allowed for safe passage into Boston Harbor. More...