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Boards & Commissions

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. 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 to many of these boards and committees. The purpose of this procedure is to assist the City Manager in making the appointment process more accessible to every citizen living in Worcester.

In keeping with this mandate to open up the procedures of local government to all residents, the CAC has produced this directory of municipal appointive boards, commissions and advisory committees. 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.

URGENT Need on Boards & Commissions

The Citizens Advisory Council of the City of Worcester is urgently seeking candidates to fill vacancies on the following City Boards/Commissions:

Community Development Advisory Committee (5) 1, 2 or 4
Zoning Board of Appeals (3) 2, 3, 4 or 5
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    1. be a registered voter;
    2. be a resident int he district for one year;
    3. not be a City employee
Due to the urgent need for members, a special selection meeting has been scheduled to consider applications for the specific boards listed above. You must attend the meeting to be considered:

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Levi Lincoln Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall

Current Vacancies

Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (1) 2 or 4
Cable Television Advisory Committee (7) any district
Commission on Disability (3) 1 in 1, 2, 3 or 5 / 2 associates in any district
Community Development Advisory Committee (5) 1, 2 or 4
Conservation Commission (2) 1, 2, 3 or 4
Historical Commission (2) Mass Ave. / 1 in any district
Hope Cemetery Board (3) 1, 3, 4 and 5
Human Rights Commission (1) any district
Off-Street Parking Board (1) any district
Planning Board (1) 4
Trust Funds Commission (1) any district
Worcester Arts Council (1) any district
Zoning Board of Appeals (3) 2, 3, 4 or 5
  • Some boards and commissions require neighborhood representation. If you are not chosen for a board for that reason, you may be considered for another board.
  • Eligibility requirements: 1) be a registered voter; 2) be a resident in the district for one year (except for Executive Boards); 3) not be a City employee (except for Advisory Boards).
  • Candidates should send a completed application, letter of interest, along with resume, if available, to:

Citizens Advisory Council
c/o City Manager's Office
455 Main Street, City Hall
Worcester, MA 01608
Fax: (508) 799-1208

You will receive confirmation that your application, resume and letter of intent were received as well as to confirm your attendance at one of the selection meetings. Selection meetings are held at 6:30 PM and are scheduled on the following dates. You must attend one of the meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (City Hall, 3rd Floor, Esther Howland Chamber)
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 (City Hall, 3rd Floor, Esther Howland Chamber)
  • Monday, September 25, 2017 (City Hall, 3rd Floor, Esther Howland Chamber)
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 (City Hall, 3rd Floor, Esther Howland Chamber)

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.

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