Scottsdale streamlines an important part of the public process

A special group of more than 150 residents volunteer their time and expertise on one of Scottsdale’s 25 boards, commissions, task forces and committees – and a new online application streamlines the process for Scottsdale residents who would like to apply for a board or commission appointment.

The city hopes the online application encourages more residents to apply for boards and commissions, which are a critical part of the public process. Commissioners research issues, provide another point of community input and make important policy recommendations to the City Council.

“The advantage of the boards and commissions is there are more eyes and ears on the community,” said Raoul Zubia, a Scottsdale resident who served on the Human Services Commission. He was interviewed as part of a new video that provides an overview of serving on boards and commissions. “The lasting impact for me has been the ability to continue to help those less fortunate in Scottsdale.”

Current vacancies on Scottsdale’s board and commission include openings on the Transportation Commission, which reviews transportation issues and plans, the Human Services Commission, which reviews and suggests funding allocations for city social service programs, and the Human Relations Commission, which encourages mutual respect and understanding among people in Scottsdale.

There are vacancies on other boards and commissions as well – find a full list here.

At special meetings that take place throughout the year, the City Council reviews applicants and selects nominees for further consideration. Those nominated participate in a brief interview with the Council at a public meeting, immediately after which the City Council makes formal appointments.

Learn more about Scottsdale’s boards and commissions here.

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