Boards and Commissions Recruitment
The City of Palo Alto has eight Boards and Commissions appointed by the City Council. The Boards and Commissions focus on specific areas of discussion. Members volunteer their time and expertise to review items before they are reviewed by the City Council. All Boards and Commissions have a term end-date for either the Spring or Fall. For more information on the procedures, please review the Boards and Commissions Handbook(PDF, 2MB). Contact the City Clerk's Office at City.Clerk@cityofpaloalto.org for further questions.
We continuously accept applications, regardless of current openings. This applies for all Boards and Commissions.
- Fall Recruitment Open - Actively Accepting Applications: We have positions available! Review below for terms, and the number of vacancies.
- Spring Recruitment Closed - Accepting Applications: There are no open positions available. We are accepting applications for all Boards and Commissions, and we will contact you when a position opens up.
Submit an Application
Apply to positions online through the forms listed below within each recruitment period. Please locate the appropriate Board, Commission, and/or Committee application that you wish to apply. Applications are accepted continuously. We strongly encourage filling out the forms thoroughly. For more information, please reach out to City.Clerk@cityofpaloalto.org.
Fall Recruitment is open until October 19 at 4:30 p.m. Submit an application today!
Boards and Commissions Fall Recruitment (Apply Now)
Fall Active Recruitment - Open until October 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
All terms will end December 15. Review the 2021 Maddy Act Posting(PDF, 76KB) for information on terms ending this year.
Boards and Commissions Spring Recruitment
Recruitment is closed but we accept applications continuously.
All applicable terms will end on May 31. Review the 2021 Maddy Act Posting(PDF, 76KB) for information on terms ending this year.
More information to note...
If a commissioner resigns in the middle of a term, the City Council will decide on the next steps. On a case-by-case basis, they can hold a special recruitment. The City Council can also wait until the next scheduled recruitment to fill the position.
The City of Palo Alto complies with the Maddy Act(PDF, 76KB) (Government Code Section 54970). As such, all scheduled vacancies on the City Boards and Commissions for the following year are listed and posted annually by December 31st.