Have you always wanted to get involved in city government? Would you like to provide valuable input on important issues affecting Brooklyn Park? Do you feel a need to give back to your community? If you’ve answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should consider applying for a seat on a Brooklyn Park city commission!
Serving on a commission is a great way to provide your city government with valuable citizen input and discuss important issues with your fellow residents. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What is a commission?
A commission is a volunteer group that provides recommendations and suggestions to the City Council, either on specific issues or special areas of concern regarding a government or community function.
The City of Brooklyn Park depends on citizen volunteers to advise elected officials and help them govern effectively.
Who can be a commissioner?
Commissions are open to Brooklyn Park residents. Some commissions may require a member to reside in a specific voting district (Central, East or West). Charter Commission members must be qualified voters.
Charter Commission. Applications are due by June 22, 2018.
Charter Commission members must be qualified voters.
Citizen Long-range Improvement Committee. Two openings - Central District; One opening - City At-large. Applications are due by July 10, 2018. All residents are eligible to participate.
Human Rights Commission. One opening - East District; One opening - Central District. Applications are due by July 10, 2018. All residents are eligible to participate.
Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission. One opening - City At-large. Applications are due by July 10, 2018. All residents are eligible to participate.
Your role and duties as a Brooklyn Park commissioner
The purpose of City of Brooklyn Park Commissions is to give residents the opportunity to give their opinions and recommendations on the work of city government. The boards also serve as advisory groups for the City Council.
Boards and Commissions are expected to support the City Council and serve at the discretion of council members. It is important that every commissioner read your particular board or commissions’ bylaws at the beginning of your term.
Your duties as a commissioner are to:
Investigate matters within the scope of the particular commission you are part of or as directed by the Council.
Advise the Council by communicating the viewpoint or advice of the Commission
Hold hearings, receive evidence, conduct investigations and make recommendations to the Council about the matters within your commission’s scope.
Attend scheduled meetings or let the staff liaison know if you will be absent.
Prepare in advance of meetings (e.g. read agenda packet carefully prior to the meeting) and be familiar with issues on the agenda.
Be considerate of fellow members, their opinions and be respectful of other people’s time
Commissioners should not:
Direct the work of city staff.
Speak for the commission unless authorized by your fellow commission members or by the City Council
Take responsibility for financial performance of any city facility or program.
The City has six commissions. They need people of all talents and skill sets. All commissions operate in an advisory role to the City Council.