City boards seek to fill openings
Austin city officials are looking for people interested in filling positions on several boards and commissions.
Mayor Tom Stiehm appoints applicants to the vacancies, which are confirmed by a majority of the Austin City Council. The mayoral appointments typically are made by the mayor at the council’s first meeting in January.
Interested citizens should complete an application no later than Dec. 31. They must be residents of the city and serve without pay.
The city is accepting applications for the following:
• Planning Commission — nine members who should be qualified by knowledge or experience to act in matters related to the development of a city zoning plan. Terms are four years. The commission normally meets monthly.
• Human Rights Commission — nine members whose purpose is to act informally to eliminate unfair discriminatory practices that are contrary to the state’s public policies. A term is three years. The commission usually meets monthly.
• Library Board — nine members who oversee the public library’s functions. A term is three years. All members must be qualified voters of the city. The board typically meets monthly.
• Park and Recreation Board — seven members who oversee the city’s public parks and recreation activities. Terms are four years. The board typically meets monthly.
• Fire Civil Service Commission — three members who supervise the employment, promotion, discharge and suspension of all Austin Fire Department officers and employees. A term is three years. The board normally meets for special meetings as called.
• Police Civil Service Commission — three members who supervise the employment, promotion, discharge and suspension of all Austin Police Department officers and employees. A term is three years. The board meets for special meetings.
• Building Code Board of Appeals — five members who are not city employees. Members must be qualified by experience and training related to building construction. Terms are three years. The board does not meet on a regular basis.
• Cable TV Committee — oversees franchise agreements for cable television as well as the government access channel. A term is three years. The board does not meet on a regular basis.