City seeks volunteers for commissions and committees

Sam Richards

The Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee meeting in October 2019.

The City of Piedmont is now accepting applications to fill upcoming vacancies on several commissions and committees. Applications can be completed online and are due by 5 p.m., March 29.

Mandatory in-person interviews will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 4.

Serving on a commission or committee helps keep Piedmont moving forward. Piedmont is a city of volunteers, from the City Council to the Board of Education to the dozens of residents who serve on one of the city’s thirteen volunteer commissions, boards, and committees. The residents entrusted to serve on these bodies act as the city’s eyes and ears, listening to community input, identifying and studying percolating issues, and making recommendations to the City Council for action.

Many of the programs that Piedmonters enjoy today were initiated and/or first reviewed by commissions, including pickleball at city courts, Heritage Trees, annual Planning Commission design awards, and the “Map Your Neighborhood” program.

How to apply

To apply, submit an online application by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. When applying, you’ll be asked to provide contact and basic background information (education, occupation), select which body or bodies you would like to apply to serve on, then provide brief written answers to three questions:
• What experience do you have related to this appointment?
• Why are you seeking this appointment?
• What will you bring to this commission or committee?

The application also asks whether you have previously attended or watched a meeting of the body you’re applying to serve on. Archived meeting videos are available streaming on the city’s website.

To be considered for appointment, applicants must attend an in-person interview at city offices in the evening of Tuesday, April 4.

Interviews will be conducted by the City Council and will last roughly five minutes each. The interview schedule will be provided to applicants on Friday, March 31.

Applicants needed for vacancies on seven bodies
This year, there are vacancies to fill on seven Commissions and Committees, as well as two additional appointed volunteer positions. For most bodies, members are appointed to 3-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

See a description of the commission and committee duties HERE.

With questions, contact the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040 or by email at

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