The city commission in charge of animal control would be expanded to 11 seats under an ordinance before the Council’s Health and Environmental Protection Committee today.

The ordinance, sponsored by Mayor Emanuel on behalf of the Executive Director of Animal Care and Control, would increase membership on the mayor-appointed commission from nine to eleven members–although three of those seats are set aside for representatives of the Police, Health, and Sanitation Departments–in addition to requiring that all members be Chicago residents.

While the City Council must approve the expansion of the board, their approval is not required for appointments to the board made by the mayor.