Serving on a board or commission offers a unique opportunity for meaningful involvement in civic life and a rare opportunity for public services. The responsibility is great, and so are the rewards.
Questions about serving? Check out our FAQs and what types of boards and commissions exist.
How do boards and commissions serve the City?
Boards and commissions perform a variety of functions and provide a wide range of service to the City Council. Some boards, such as autonomous and quasi-judicial boards, are independent and operate outside the direct control of the Council. Some, such as examining and administrative boards, handle licensing and other specific administrative functions. Others, such as legislative and policy-making boards, are strongly advisory in nature and provide the Council with an important source of resident information and opinion.
Information related to boards and commissions members that is on file in the City Clerk's Office is a matter of public record. The City Clerk is responsible for the Greensboro City Council's official boards and commissions' records, including data related to appointments, reappointments, resignations, contact information for boards and commissions' members, and other information.
A staff liaison is assigned to maintain and update his or her own department's board and commission information.
Who may serve on a board or commission?
Only Greensboro residents are eligible to serve on a City board or commission. Some boards and commissions require members with specific interests or credentials, or members who belong to a specific organization or group.
City officials are specifically prohibited from serving on some boards or commissions; on others, they are expected to serve. And City employees are ineligible to serve. In most cases, board members are everyday residents who have a desire to make a lasting contribution.
Review the Boards and Commissions Handbook linked to on the right for specific information for each board/commission. Questions? Contact the City Clerk.
I want to serve. What do I do now?
Complete the interest form (linked to on the right), attach a copy of your resume or bio, and mail to:
City of Greensboro
Attn: Betsey Richardson, City Clerk
PO Box 3136
Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
Questions? Call the City Clerk.
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your completed interest form and resume to the City Clerk's Office, the clerk will forward the documents to City Council members to make appointments at their discretion.
If you are appointed to a board or commission, the mayor will send you a letter notifying you of your appointment and ask you to contact the City Clerk's Office to confirm that you live inside City of Greensboro city limits and are willing to serve on the board or commission to which you were appointed.
The department that oversees the board or commission you are appointed to will then contact you to arrange for you to take an oath and/or go through orientation prior to your first meeting.