Learn about City boards and commissions during online chat, open house

The City of Minneapolis has streamlined its board and commission appointment process, and with many openings coming up, the City is making it easy to learn more about applying.

Join an online chat:

An online chat is also scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 from noon to 1 p.m. to answer questions about board and commission openings.

Visit an open house:

People who want to learn more about these volunteer opportunities are encouraged to attend an open house set for Thursday, March 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Tri-Tech Building, Room 220, 331 2nd Ave. S.

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Board and commission members provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services.

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open positions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint in May. The application deadline for these positions is April 2, 2010. For a full list of appointment opportunities and position descriptions as well as additional information about the open house, visit the City's boards and commissions website.

Previously, appointments were made on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Now, appointments to board and commissions will be made twice a year — in the spring and fall.

The new, streamlined appointment process will make it easier for folks to learn about volunteer opportunities, ensure a more open and understandable process for residents and staff, and increase the diversity of the applicant pool.

Published Mar 17, 2010