On July 13, 1993, by Resolution No. 93-412, the City Council established a non-salaried honorary position to be known as "The Poet Laureate of the City of Modesto". The Culture Commission has the responsibility for nominating and recommending appointments to the Poet Laureate position. The City Council approves the appointment. The purpose of a Poet Laureate is to present original poems at various official occasions. The term is for two years with the possibility of extending it for another two years.