Wanna know how to make changes in our community? Several board and commission positions are open for City and mayoral appointments this spring. Don’t be intimidated by the sound of ‘boards’or ‘commissions.’ City board and commission members help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights. The City seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available on request so all residents can participate.
There are currently 77 open positions on 10 City boards and commissions: Animal Care & Control Advisory Board, apply by April 19; Census Complete Count Committee, open until filled; Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, apply by April 12; Pedestrian Advisory Committee, apply by April 19; Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee, apply by April 12; Upper Harbor Terminal Community Planning and Engagement Committee, apply by April 14; Violence Prevention Steering Committee, open until filled; Workplace Advisory Committee, apply by April 12; Zoning Board of Adjustment, apply by March 30.
The City has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help develop policy and administer services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards and special service districts (defined areas within the city with special services). Appointments to boards and commissions are made twice a year: in the spring and fall.
The City still pursues more diverse representation in its appointed boards and commissions with high school and technical school graduates, renters and people ages 18-24. Find info at 612-673-2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.