The City of Bloomington Invites Residents to Apply to Serve on Boards and Commissions

(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington’s Office of the City Clerk and the Office of the Mayor is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the City’s boards or commissions. 

Some of these bodies are anticipating vacancies as current terms expire in December 2020 and January 2021. 

Applications are sought to fill spaces on the Commission on Sustainability, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, the Environmental Commission, Parking Commission, and a number of others. 

More information about each board and commission — including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings and term lengths — is available here, An application is available here

After applying, members must be appointed to each body by the Mayor, council, or another board or commission.  Please note: city residency is required for membership on most but not all of the boards and commissions.    

The City’s boards and commissions give residents the opportunity to provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 45 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a vast array of issues.  In addition to their advisory function, these bodies may work cooperatively with City departments to contribute to policy, approve resolutions, and fund projects, among other responsibilities.  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, boards and commissions have been permitted by governor’s executive order to meet via video conferencing. 

Mayor John Hamilton

“Serving as a board or commission member is one way to participate directly in our democracy,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “Please consider joining the more than 300 board and commission members who share their time, experience and expertise to shape Bloomington in the direction of our community’s values.”  

Prospective applicants are urged to attend a meeting of the board or commission of their choosing prior to applying. Meeting schedules for and vacancies on each body may be accessed by clicking on the name of each board or commission listed here.  All meetings of the City’s boards and commissions are currently held over video conference and are free and open to the public.