BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
NORTH ADAMS BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Serving on a board or commission gives residents a voice in government and opportunity to contribute unique perspectives and enhance the processes of democracy.
City boards and commissions provide an opportunity for service to North Adams residents who are willing to volunteer their time and to help recommend, manage, and make decisions regarding city programs, services, and developments. Boards and commissions serve a public purpose to inform city goals and objectives, bylaws and/or ordinances, and to represent the concerns and perspectives of the community. Diverse representation on boards and commissions also provides community insight to the Mayor and City Council, thereby helping shape the future of the community and quality of life in North Adams.
Most boards and commissions advise the Mayor and the City Council, while a few (such as the Planning Board) have greater authority based on state law.
APPLYING TO SERVE
Board and commission members are appointed by the Mayor, and some are subject to confirmation by the City Council.
You can find information about qualifications, roles and responsibilities, and vacancies for various boards below or using the links on this page. We encourage interested applicants to review meeting agendas, minutes, and attend a meeting. When you are ready to volunteer for a North Adams board or commission, please submit an application using this link. Please keep the following points in mind:
- You can volunteer to serve on any board or commission – even if there currently is no vacancy on that group
- In order to serve on a city board or commission you must be a resident of the City of North Adams
- Please note, upon submission your application is considered a public record
- Applying does not guarantee appointment
If you have any additional questions, please call the Mayor's Office at (413) 662-3000.
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS DESCRIPTIONS
- The City Clerk serves as a member of the Board of Registrars of Voters, coterminous with their appointment as Clerk
- The North Adams Housing Authority Board and the Redevelopment Authority each include one member appointed by the governor
- The Traffic Commission includes one City Councilor appointed by the Council
- Boards and Commissions Application
- Boards and Commissions Guide Booklet - June 2023
- Checklist - Creating and Approving Meeting Minutes
- Checklist - Entering into Executive Session
- Checklist - Creating and Posting a Legal Notice
- Checklist - Preliminary Screening Committees
- Meetings and Notices
- Meeting Materials
- Massachusetts Open Meeting Law Guide and Education Materials
- Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law training and summaries and Educational Materials