The Jacksonville City Council is seeking Duval County residents to serve on local boards and commissions. Citizen board members play an integral role in local government by providing advisory and regulatory oversight on a variety of important issues. Board members are volunteers who are appointed by City Council or the Mayor to serve for a term with a set end date. This is a unique and fulfilling way to serve your community and become more engaged with local government.

How to Apply

Applicants interested in seeking appointment must reside in Duval County. The Appointment Application for a City Council Board or Commission appointment is a 244k PDF form, which may be typed, hand written, or filled out online and printed. PDFs may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader®.

Mail completed, signed, and notarized forms to:

Jacksonville City Council
Board and Commission Appointments
ATTN: Paula Shoup
117 W. Duval Street, Suite 425
Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 630-7234 Telephone
(904) 630-2906 FAX

The Application / Background Investigation Waiver must be notarized.

Once a candidate has been selected, they will be mailed an acceptance letter for signature.  After the acceptance letter has been returned, legislation to confirm the appointment will be introduced.  The candidate will receive a letter from the Legislative Services Division indicating the bill number for the confirmation and the date and time the candidate will need to appear before the Rules Committee.

Appointment applications are kept on file for two years. Appointment offers by the Council President can come at any point within that time frame. Although, all attempts are made to place applicants on their primary board of interest an appointment offer could be made to serve on another board to which the applicant is qualified to serve. 

**Please note: Attendance is an integral part of serving on one of the City's Boards or Commissions. Many of the boards meet monthly and require a quorum in order to meet. Please review the Time Commitment section below to gain a better understanding of the time requirement for each board.**

Click here for additional information regarding the City Council Appointment Process (53k)
Click here to view important legal information for all current or potential board and commission members from the City's Ethics Officer (40k)

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding City Council Board and Commission Appointments please contact Paula Shoup at pshoup@coj.net
 

Time Commitment:

Individual boards meet on a monthly, quarterly, annually, or as needed basis.The length of meetings can fluctuate depending on the number and complexity of issues scheduled to be discussed on an agenda, however a good estimate is 1-3 hours for general meetings and around an hour for subcommittee meetings. A schedule listing the regular date, time, and frequency of meetings for each board can be found here: Board & Commission Schedule. General meeting frequency is listed next to each appointment opening. Please see the below time categories for reference:

Low Time Commitment = Quarterly or Annual Meetings
Medium Time Commitment = Monthly Meetings
High Time Commitment = Multiple Monthly Meetings
 

Current Appointment Opportunities:

Building Codes Adjustment Board [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident
Term Ending: September 30, 2020
Description: Study building codes and recommend to Council needed amendments thereto as may be found necessary or desirable.  Hear and decide building code enforcement appeals.  Authorize building code variances where authorized by law.
Web Link: General Board Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Thursday, 4:00 PM
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Duval County Research & Development Authority [Low Time Commitment]

Category: Duval County Registered Voter 
Term Ending: October 17, 2021
Description: Oversee "First Coast Technology Park", a 285-acre commerce center at the University of North Florida; for the purpose of promoting scientific research and development in affiliation with and related to the research and development activities of one or more state-based, accredited, public or private institutions of higher education; for the purpose of financing and refinancing capital projects related to establishment of a research and development park in affiliation with one or more institutions of higher education, including facilities that complement or encourage the complete operation thereof; and for the fostering of the economic development and broadening the economic base of the county.
Web Link: General Board Information
Meeting Schedule: Annually
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Duval County Tourist Development Council [Medium - High Time Commitment]

Category: Duval County Registered Voter and Beaches or Baldwin resident or business owner Tourist Industry Representative (term ending 6/30/2020)
Description: Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and business and of new or additional tourist development efforts; identify and recommend methods of eliminating unnecessary duplications in existing tourist development efforts; identify and develop new tourist development efforts; create, prepare and submit to the Council a tourist development plan; and review the expenditures of revenues from the Tourist Development Trust Fund and report any unauthorized expenditures to the Council and State Department of Revenue.
Web Link: General Board Information
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly & As Needed, 3rd Thursday, 10:00 AM
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Inc. [Low - Medium Time Commitment]

Category: Consumer
Term Ending: September 30, 2018
Description: Develop a district health plan. Advise the state department on health care issues and resource allocations.Promote public awareness of community health needs. Collect data and conduct analyses and studies related to health care needs of the district. Advise and assist local governments on the development of an optional health plan. Monitor and evaluate the adequacy, appropriateness and effectiveness of funds distributed to meet the needs of the medically indigent.
Web Link: General Board Information
Meeting Schedule: Odd Months, 4th Thursday, 3:00 PM
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Jacksonville-Duval County Council on Elder Affairs [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: Council District 2 (term ending 6/30/2018) 
Category: Council District 4 (term ending 6/30/2018) 
Category: Council District 5 (term ending 6/30/2018)
Category: Council District 6 (term ending 6/30/2019)
Category: Council District 7 (term ending 6/30/2019)
Description: Serve as an advocate, for the older persons in the city, to the governmental agencies responsible for the various plans and programs designed to help older persons; Assist in the implementation of plans and programs selected by regional organizations, as they relate to the city and its citizens; Designate priorities among programs developed in the city by public, nonprofit and private providers concerning older persons.
Web Link: Council on Elder Affairs General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 AM
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Jacksonville Health Facilities Authority [Low Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident
Term Ending: December 15, 2017
Description: Assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing, and refinancing of projects.
Web Link: General Board Information
Meeting Schedule: As Needed (There are no regularly scheduled meetings as this board only meets in the event of a hospital bonding request.)
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Jacksonville Housing & Community Development Commission [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident (term ending 11/30/2018)
Category: Duval Resident (term ending 11/30/2019)
Category: Duval Resident (term ending 11/30/2020)
Specifications: Candidates should possess some knowledge regarding affordable housing and represent one of the following categories: Real Estate Professional, Low-Income Advocate, For-Profit Provider, Non-Profit Provider, Residential Homebuilder, Home Building Labor, Banking/Mortgage Industry, Employer Representative, Resident, Local Planning Agency, Essential Services Personnel (Fire, Police, Teacher, Healthcare Worker).
Description: Provide oversight and guidance to the Housing and Community Development Division.
Make recommendations on all agreements entered into by the Housing and Community Development Division through the Neighborhoods Department for and on behalf of the City.
Conduct any required public hearings, undertake the review, take any and all required actions for compliance, and make recommendations to the Council for adoption (and authorize the transmittal) as required by section 420.9076, Florida Statutes.
Conduct any required public hearings, undertake the review, take any and all required actions for compliance, and recommend to the Council for adoption (and authorize the transmittal) a "Consolidated Plan" as required by 24 CFR Part 91.
Web Link: JHCDC General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 4th Wednesday, 9:30 AM
Appointment Application.pdf (202k PDF Form)

Jacksonville Waterways Commission [Medium - High Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident
Term Ending: December 31, 2018
Description: Study and make recommendations to the Council with respect to the improvement, development and protection of the St. Johns River and all tidal waters, and all saltwater, estuarine and riverine wetlands in Duval County.  Formulate an overall plan for dealing with any problems that exist concerning the St. Johns River and all tidal waters in Duval County.  Devise methods of developing future uses of the St. Johns River and all tidal waters in Duval County.  Serve as the Duval County committee to review rules proposed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission governing speed and operation of motorboats to protect manatees.  Assist the City in achievement of its state goal to improve the water quality of the City's wetlands resources over the long term and improve the water quality and fish and wildlife value of wetlands by review and making recommendations to the Council with respect to proposed land use amendments.  Conduct research, studies, collect and analyze data and prepare maps, charts and tables for accomplishment of its purposes.  Advise governmental units and the public concerning the improvement, development and protection of the St. Johns River and all tidal waters in Duval County.  Act as a coordinating agency for programs and activities affecting the improvement, development and protection of the St. Johns River and all tidal waters in Duval County.  Cooperate with the Planning and Development Department in the accomplishment of its purpose and act as a specialized advisor on the St. Johns River, all tidal waters and all saltwater, estuarine and riverine wetlands in Duval County to the department.
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday, 9:00 AM
Appointment Application (183k PDF Form)

JIA Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: School Board District 1 Resident (Term ending June 30, 2021)
Category: School Board District 5 Resident (Term ending June 30, 2019)
Description: Advisory board to the JIA CRA Agency Board.
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 4:00 PM
Appointment Application (203k PDF Form)

JSEB Monitoring Committee [Low Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident Non-JSEB Contractor who currently has or previously had a contract with the City
Category: Duval Resident currently certified as a JSEB Contractor
Category: Private Citizen
Category: Trade Association Representative
Length of Term: Three Years
Description: Review the status of the goals of the Jacksonville Small Emerging Businesses Program, along with a comparison of the achievements under the Program compared with the goals.
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly
Appointment Application (183k PDF Form)

Public Service Grant Council [High Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident (Term ending December 31, 2019) 
Category: Duval Resident (Term ending December 31, 2019) 
Description: Assess needs through establishing the priority population, as approved by City Council; recommend the process by which recipients shall be chosen; review and consider the annual needs for public services; establish recommended priorities for services; review and evaluate all Public Service Grant applications; serve as an on-site evaluator and lead reviewer for a selected number of applicants; attend orientation sessions and all review sessions; full participation in the funding recommendation process; and allocation of the lump sum appropriation to applicant organizations shall be made by the Public Service Grant Council.
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

Tree Commission [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: At-Large District 1 or 2 
Category: At-Large District 3 or 4
Category: At-Large District 5
Specifications: Candidates should possess a specialized knowledge about trees, the Tree Protection Ordinance, Article 25 of the Charter,  and/or the impact of construction activities on trees. It is preferrable for candidates to come from one of the following groups: 1) landscape architect, 2) member of an environmental organization, 3) residential builder, member of a local builders association, real estate professional, commercial developer, industrial developer, 4) practicing attorney, urban planner, 5) botanist, certified arborist, forester, or horticulturist. 
Length of Term: Two or three years
Description: Act as an advisory body to the city concerning the conservation and enhancement of the City's tree canopy; study and make recommendations to community stakeholders with respect to the planting of trees and the health of the City's tree canopy; formulate an overall plan for the planting of trees and the health of the City's tree canopy and thereafter to annually review the plan and report recommendations to the Mayor's Office; act as a motivating and coordinating body to encourage joint public and private participation in the planting of trees and the health of the City's tree canopy; review and make recommendations, if necessary, to the Council concerning the City's tree protection and landscape regulations. Click on the "General Information" link below for complete list of duties and responsibilities. 
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: TBD
Appointment Application.pdf (183k PDF Form)

TRUE Commission [Medium - High Time Commitment]

Category: Duval Resident (term ending 6/30/18)
Category: Duval Resident (term ending 6/30/19)
Description: Act as an advisory body to the city concerning fiscal policy.  Improve the city's long-range financial soundness, planning budgeting, and management and to keep the public better informed about important issues related to city financing and budgeting.  May choose to review any aspect of fiscal policy, including:

•The city's long-range financial soundness, planning budgeting, and management;
•The city's budgetary process, including taxation, revenue generation, expenditures, use of permit fees and user fees, bonding capacity, franchise fees, state and federal mandates, privatization, "zero based" financing and other similar topics;
•The appropriateness of each revenue source the city receives to make up its annual general revenue budget;
•Potential new revenue sources, such as impact fees, and the use of any such funds;
•The pre- and post-retirement benefit structure for city employees and the potential impact on the financial status of the city;
•Recommendations that will help make Jacksonville the most fairly-taxed and financially-sound city in the nation;
•Recommendations to keep the public better informed about important issues of city financing and budgeting which affect their lives;
•Other areas as the Commission may determine are appropriate and within their scope.

Web Link: General Information 
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 1st Thursday, 4:00 PM
Appointment Application (183k PDF Form)