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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.

Current Vacancies

Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (2) 2, 3, or 5
Cable Television Advisory Committee (7) any district
Civic Center Commission (1) any district
Community Development Advisory Committee (1) 2
Conservation Commission (2) 1, 2, 3 or 4
Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (2) 2, 3 or 4
Elder Affairs Commission (2) any district
Historical Commission (2) any district (1 with building or architectural background would be helpful)
Hope Cemetery Commission (5) any district
Human Rights Commission (2) any district
Memorial Auditorium Board of Trustees (1) any district
Off-Street Parking Board (1) any district
Planning Board (2) 4, 5
Trust Funds Commission (1) any district
Worcester Arts Council (1) any district
Worcester Housing Authority (1) any district
Zoning Board of Appeals (3) 2, 4, 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:

  • Thursday, October 26, 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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