One of the duties of the City Manager as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Worcester is to appoint members of municipal boards, commissions, and advisory committees. In some cases the nominated appointees must have their nominations approved by vote of the Worcester City Council.
All residents committed to preserving the vitality of our democratic institutions are urged to volunteer their services to one of these local government agencies whose effective operations depend so heavily upon enlightened citizen participation.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an executive order regarding suspending certain provisions of the open meeting law M.G.L. c. 30A, § 20. As a result of this executive order, all government boards in Massachusetts may now meet without a physical quorum of members present and without public access to the physical meeting locations.
In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings.
To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, Sub-Committees and Boards and Commissions please call 415-655-0001 and enter the access code found in the Event Details and/or Meeting Agenda to participate (if you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call in user during public participation you may dial *3).
The City of Worcester will also allow residents to live stream all public meetings via the City of Worcester website and the Local Government Channel.
Worcester's Home Rule charter, as approved by the voters of Worcester in 1986, established a Citizen Advisory Council (CAC), whose function is to assist the City Manager in selecting candidates for appointment. The CAC actively recruits nominees, accepts all applications, and submits recommendations for appointments to the City Manager. The CAC seeks at all times to open up the process of appointment to all social, economic, racial and ethnic groups residing in the community.
Note: As of August 11, 2020, the Commission on Disability was renamed to the Accessibility Advisory Commission.
While some boards must legally require certain types of expertise from candidates, most appointments do not have unusual educational or vocational requirements. Some boards and commissions require neighborhood representation.
To be eligible to serve you must:
Candidates should complete an Online Application at any time, even if there are no current vacancies for your desired Board or Commission.
You will receive confirmation that your application, resume and letter of interest were received as well as to confirm your attendance at one of the selection meetings. Selection meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3rd Floor, Levi Lincoln Chamber, and are scheduled on the following dates. You must attend one of the meetings:
Applicants from under-represented groups in the City are encouraged to apply.
Please be advised that you may submit an application any time and be notified by mail of the ongoing vacancies that occur on the City Boards/Commissions.
Step 1: Complete the application and submit it with a letter of interest and/or resume.
Step 2: Attend a selection meeting of the Citizen Advisory Council (CAC). Meetings are open to the public 6:30 p.m. in an accessible public building. Contact Jeannie Michelson at 508-799-1175 to confirm attendance so that the CAC will have your application.
Step 3: Attend a meeting with a representative of the City Manager. If you are nominated by the CAC, you will be contacted to schedule a meeting with a representative of the City Manager's Office.
In most cases, the only requirements for eligibility are to live in the City of Worcester and be a registered voter.
The City Manager makes the decision about who to appoint. As soon as a decision is made, you will be contacted and asked to meet with the City Manager. If you are selected, you will be asked to attend a meeting of the City Council where you will be introduced.
The members of the CAC are volunteers and citizens of Worcester. Most of them have been through the interview process that you are going through. They understand how it feels to go through the process and sincerely try to put you at ease during the interview.
The CAC members will have your application and resume and/or letter of interest prior to the meeting. When your name is called, you will be asked to join them at the table and talk about your interest in the position. They may or may not ask you follow-up questions. If you've applied for more than one board, they will most likely ask you which one you are most interested in, as you can apply to as many as you want, but can only be appointed to one.
When you finish addressing the board, the CAC must vote on whether or not to forward your application to the City Manager for further review. You must receive six affirmative votes in order to move forward in the process.
Complete and submit an application anytime so that you're notified of future vacancies! If you have an application on file, you will receive email notification of vacancies as they occur. Reply to the email indicating which board you wish to apply and which CAC selection meeting you will attend.
For an application and more information, visit the links above or contact:
Jeannie Michelson, Sr. Staff Assistant