Boards and Commissions: General Information

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Dear Citizen,

The City Council appreciates your interest in serving your community through participation on a City of Berkeley Board, Commission, or Committee.

The City of Berkeley has over thirty-five Boards and Commissions on which more than 350 citizens serve as members.  Membership changes frequently and citizens are encouraged to check the Commissioner Roster for the most current information regarding vacancies.  Citizens may submit an application for any commission for consideration at any time.

General information on the role of each commission, when and where meetings are held, and contact information for the staff secretary may be found by selecting a name from the Boards & Commissions page.  Meeting times and locations are subject to change.  Please check with the secretary to confirm a particular meeting date or location.  Also included are agendas and minutes for scheduled meetings and public hearings. 

With the exception of a few commissions, each Councilmember makes one appointment to a commission.  The Council, as a whole, makes appointments to the Board of Library Trustees,  Human Welfare and Community Action Commission, and Mental Health Commission upon recommendation of these bodies.  Appointments to the Peace and Justice Commission and Youth Commission are made by both Councilmembers and Directors of the Board of Education.

With few exceptions, commissioners must reside in Berkeley.  Certain commissions may require specific experience in a technical field or have other criteria.  Commissioners are required to take an oath of office and attend meetings on a regular basis.  Most commission members are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office.

The City Clerk Department provides all commissioners with a Commissioners' Manual and provides a Training Video to assist you in understanding and performing your valuable role.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (510) 981-6900 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

City Clerk