The City's commissions act in an advisory capacity to the City Council, providing a conduit for citizen input on numerous issues pertaining to Santa Clara. From planning the City's festivities or its physical environment; to preserving its history and maintaining its parks or libraries, these positions are vital to a well-run and receptive city government. All offer an opportunity for citizens to truly be involved with their community.

To learn more, click on the commission of your interest below:

To view the current roster of all commissions, click on the link below:

Serve on a Commission

Serving on a commission is an excellent way to give back to the community. Members have the opportunity to serve their fellow citizens and provide guidance and recommendations on specific issues for Council consideration. They contribute to the public process and help make a positive impact in the community. In addition, commissioners have opportunities to socialize, network, build their professional skillset and resume. They also have the opportunity to attend, participate, or organize special events and in some instances attend state or national conferences.

2015 2016 2017
Board of Library Trustees - 2 -
Civil Service - - -
Cultural   - - 2
Historical & Landmarks   1 - -
Housing Rehabilitation Loan   - - -
Parks & Recreation   - - -
Planning   - - 1
Senior Advisory  - 2 -
Youth   - 15 15

There is currently one opening on the Historical and Landmarks Commission for the term ending June 30, 2019.  Applications are due Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office. 

Santa Clara residents who are registered voters or are eligible to register to vote may apply to be a commissioner. The Youth Commission is open to Santa Clara residents or Santa Clara Unified School District students between the ages of 12-19 years old.

If you are interested in becoming a commissioner, we recommend reading the Guide for Board, Commissions and Committee Applicants (PDF), looking at upcoming openings, attending meetings, and then submitting an Application during a promotion of vacancy.

Interest Form and e-Notify
If you would like to added to the Board & Commissions contact distribution list, please submit an Interest Form or sign up for e-Notify and select the Board or Commission of your interest to receive emails about future openings and other news.  If you would like to serve the City in another capacity there are opportunities to become a City volunteer or volunteer at a local community organization

The following links provide the roster history of the Board & Commissions; including the names of current and past appointees as well as term dates. 

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