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

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:

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)

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)
Category: Council District 12 (term ending 6/30/2018)
Category: Council District 14 (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)

JIA Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: School Board District 5 Resident (Term ending June 30, 2021)
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)

Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: Representative of banking, insurance or finance profession
Description: Advisory board to the Renew Arlington CRA Agency Board.
Web Link: General Information
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday, 3:30 PM
Appointment Application (203k PDF Form)

Tree Commission [Medium Time Commitment]

Category: At-Large District 1, 3, or 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 
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)