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Board of Aldermen Appointments

There are more than 100 Boards, Commissions, Committees and Advisory Councils serving the City of Newton. Newton residents interested in serving their community by serving on a commission or committee are encouraged to submit an application to volunteer their talents and ideas to one of these bodies. Citizen participation is a vital component in the continued good work needed to meet the ever changing needs of the City.

Appointments to City Boards and Commissions come from the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and the School Committee. The Board of Aldermen is currently seeking Newton residents interested in serving on the following Committees. Please use this directory to find more detailed information about each Board or Commission.

Board Committees with Current Vacancies

Biosafety Committee

Chapter 12, Section 22

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
3 Members, one of whom represents public health

3-year terms
Term Limit: None

ARTICLE III. RECOMBINANT DNA RESEARCH

Sec. 12-21. Regulation of recombinant DNA technology.
(a) All recombinant deoxyriboneucleic acid (DNA) research or technology in the City of Newton shall be undertaken only in strict conformity with the "Guidelines", so called, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by other Federal Agencies, or by Act of Congress, and in conformity also with such other health regulations as the commissioner of health and human services may from time to time promulgate or as the Newton biosafety committee (NBC) may adopt.

Farm Commission

Chapter 2, Section 361

also visit Newton Community Farm

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
1 At-Large Member

3-Year Terms
Term Limit: None

DIVISION 9. NEWTON FARM COMMISSION
Sec. 2-361. Farm Commission; establishment; duties; composition.

(a) The Newton Farm Commission (“the Commission”) is hereby established. The Commission shall implement the purposes set forth in this section and manage the operation of the Farm, as herein described.

(b) The Commission’s authority and duties shall include but not be limited to:

(1) Developing a business plan for the operation of the Farm that is designed to achieve the purposes set forth in this section without placing an additional burden on the operating budget of the city;

(2) In the event that the decision is made to contract the Farm’s operation to an outside entity, the Commission shall establish a procedure for the selection of said entity, which procedure shall be provided in writing to the board of aldermen. The Commission shall conduct the selection process, at the conclusion of which the Commission shall execute a written agreement between the city and said entity, subject to the approval of the mayor;

(3) Any such contract, as described in paragraph 2, shall require that the contractor at its expense provide the Commission with the following financial reports:

a) detailed quarterly revenue and expenditure reports, in a format approved by the City Comptroller, not later than 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter;

b) independently audited annual financial statements within 90 days after the conclusion of each fiscal year.

(4) The Commission shall meet with the Commissioner of Public Buildings at least semi-annually to review with him the condition and needs of the existing buildings on the Site and to discuss the construction of any contemplated future buildings for the Site.

(5) The Commission shall oversee the operating expenses and revenue associated with the operation of the Farm and provide to the mayor and board of aldermen annual written reports pertaining to the Farm’s operation and performance with regard to the Farm’s purposes, as set forth in this section.

(6) The Commission shall develop policies and procedures for the operation of the Farm. The Commission shall hold a public hearing on the initial set of policies and procedures prior to their adoption. This public hearing requirement shall be applicable to subsequent amendments to substantive matters of policy but shall not be applicable to amendments to matters of procedure. The Commission shall also provide in writing to the mayor, board of aldermen, and city clerk the final version of the policies and procedures upon their adoption.

(7) The Commission shall make all reasonable efforts to comply with the standards for organic processes outlined by the Baystate Organic Certifiers.

(8) The Commission shall afford the public the opportunity to purchase produce at the Site.

Environmental Health Advisory Council

Chapter 2, Section 333 - 337

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
1 At-Large Member

Coterminus with the terms of their appointing authority
Term Limit: None

Sec. 2-334. Establishment and purpose. There is hereby established an environmental health advisory council to advise the commissioner of health and human services, commissioner of public buildings, and the design review committee on environmental health issues within public buildings, including, but not limited to, indoor air quality, and to make recommendations to the foregoing officials with respect to planning concerning indoor environmental health issues. The council shall also oversee monitoring in regard to environmental health issues within public buildings and shall report to the mayor and the board of aldermen at least annually and upon request.

Citizens Commission on Energy

Chapter 2, Section 300 - 302

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
3 members

3-Year Terms
Term Limit: None

Sec. 2-302. Purpose, powers and duties.
(a) The commission shall develop a city-wide energy plan to encourage energy conservation and the use of alternative energy forms, and provide a plan to coordinate state and federal experts to provide for energy needs and emergencies.

(b) The commission's powers shall include the following:

The commission shall encourage energy conservation in Newton and may investigate methods of conservation and disseminate information thereon; may apply for and receive grants; act as a liaison between Newton and the state on energy matters; act as a clearing house for car and van pooling; conduct citizen education programs including programs regarding the availability of "peak load" pricing differential rates; make recommendations to the mayor and the board of aldermen; report on its activities to the mayor and the board of aldermen when so requested or on its own initiative; file legislation before the board of aldermen; and publicize programs and methods of energy conservation; provided that no expenses may be incurred by the commission without the prior approval of the mayor and the board of aldermen.

Design Review Committee

Chapter 5, Section 54 - 58

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
4 members
1 additional voting member for each facility under design review, who are community representatives who shall represent the interests of the community in which the proposed facility is to be located, and who reside in the immediate area of the facility.

Nonvoting membership. There shall be the following nonvoting members: one alderman, one school committee member for school department building projects, the planning director or his designee, the head of the using agency or his designee, and the public buildings commissioner or his designee. The public buildings commissioner shall also serve as secretary of the design review committee.

Coterminus with the Appointing Authority
Community Representatives serve till the project is complete
Term Limit: None

ARTICLE IV. DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
Sec. 5-54. Established.

(a) A design review committee is hereby established to coordinate the design review process for any public facility which has been submitted to the committee by the mayor, board of aldermen or any other public agency or committee within the city.

(b) The design review committee shall examine the specifications prepared by the using agency and shall consult with the planning, public buildings and other city departments, or if appropriate, may request the public buildings commissioner to hire outside consultants to assist the design review committee in studying the feasibility of the proposed facility and shall consider to the extent the committee deems appropriate a range of solutions such as renewal, renovation or replacement within realistic budgetary limits and shall make a recommendation. The design review committee's study of the feasibility of the proposed facility shall include a review of indoor environmental health issues. The design review committee may make recommendations for specific program requirements for the proposed facility to address indoor environmental health issues. The design review committee shall include in its feasibility study a review of the proposed facility’s use of natural resources and energy. The design review committee may make recommendations as to site planning, building design, or construction that contribute significantly to the proposed facility’s efficient use and conservation of natural resources and energy. Whenever an architect is proposed to be engaged by the city in any design or consulting capacity, the design review committee shall review the contract between the city and the architect prior to its execution to assure that the scope of the work, as described in said contract, complies with the program requirements for the proposed public facility.

(c) The design review committee shall review the architect's solution for compliance with the program and time schedule requirements and shall evaluate the quality, appropriateness and functional attributes of the architect's solution. The committee shall have periodic meetings with the architect and hold periodic presentations and reviews and shall make reports as the project moves through the various stages of design to contract development. Prior to the issuance of bid documents, design review recommendations to the architect shall be made by the design review committee in writing to the commissioner of public buildings for his approval and issued from his office. The commissioner of public buildings shall not permit the construction contract to be advertised for public bid until the design review committee certifies in writing that the plans and specifications substantially meet the program requirements of the project.

(d) During the construction of the public facility, the commissioner of public buildings shall consult with the design review committee concerning any changes in the plans or specifications that may affect the design or program of the facility and the committee shall act promptly on all matters before it.

Leaf Blower Task Force

Board Order #422-06(2)

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
Eight (8) citizens, one from each Ward. To the extent possible, it would be helpful but is not required that, in addition to having experience with or exposure to exhaust emission, fugitive dust and noise resulting from the operation of landscaping equipment, citizens may also include interests, experience or expertise in other areas including public health, environmental protection, operating a home business, owning rental property(ies), recreation, conservation or other related fields.

One (1) alderman to be appointed by the President of the Board and the Chair of the Programs and Services Committee.

One (1) representative from a landscaping firm in the City.

One (1) representative from a major institution (e.g., Boston College, Lasell College, Mount Ida College), which owns substantial land and uses leaf blowers and other landscaping equipment to maintain its property.

One (1) representative from one of the public or private golf courses in the City.

Serve until the completion of report

Board Order #422-06(2)

  1. The Board of Alderman hereby establishes a Special Task Force to meet to review and evaluate research provided by various sources on the health and environmental impacts from exhaust emissions, particulate matter, dust, and noise caused by the use of leaf blowers and other landscaping equipment, various approaches to regulating the use thereof including ordinances and by-laws adopted by other municipalities, complaints and concerns of Newton residents and operators, and the financial and operational impacts of various regulatory schemes, including enforcement challenges. The Special Task Force shall consult with department heads or their designees from the departments of Health & Human Services, Public Works, Law, and Police, in addition to any other City departments that the members of the Special Task Force deem necessary or advisable.
  2. Based on the results of its review and evaluation, said Special Task Force shall prepare a report and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for amendments to the City of Newton’s Ordinance for the purpose of reducing exhaust emissions, particulate matter, dust, and noise resulting from the operation of power equipment used in landscaping, property and yard maintenance, including, without limitation, leaf blowers, in order to protect the public health, welfare and environment of the City of Newton and those persons who live and work in it, for consideration by the Board of Aldermen.

Board Committees without Current Vacancies

Health Care Advisory Committee

Chapter 12, Section 66

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
5 Members with expertise in health care, finance, insurance and related disciplines

3-year terms
Term Limit: None

ARTICLE VI. HEALTH CARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sec. 12-66 Establishment; purpose and scope

There is hereby established a health care advisory committee which shall be an independent advisory body charged with making recommendations to the mayor and board of aldermen regarding ways to control the cost of employee and retiree health insurance while improving or maintaining the quality of health care available to Newton employees and retirees. Specifically, the committee is charged with reviewing the cost and efficiency of Newton’s health benefits plan or plans, examining possible alternative methods of securing health insurance for its participants, and investigating possible avenues of providing better medical care and treatment outside of the traditional model at a lower cost, including wellness, prevention and early detection regimens.

Institutional Biotechnology Committee

Chapter 12, Section 23

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:    1 Member

3-year terms
Term Limit: None

Sec. 12-23. Institutional biotechnology committee. (a) An institutional biotechnology committee (IBC) must be established for each institution conducting rDNA research or technology. The IBC shall include the commissioner of health and human services and two community representatives with expertise in rDNA research and technology and/or safety issues. One of these representatives shall be appointed by the mayor and one shall be appointed by the board of aldermen for a term of three years. The IBC shall meet at least once a year. Each institution shall name at least three (3) members of its staff to the IBC, including the safety officer.

(b) The IBC shall inspect each facility conducting rDNA research or technology annually and meet at least once annually to enforce these regulations. Each institution shall name a safety officer who shall be responsible for enforcing the policies of the IBC. In addition, the IBC shall immediately notify the commissioner of health and human services and the NBC upon discovery of non-compliance by the institution with any section of this ordinance or the NIH guidelines.

Designer Selection Committee

Chapter 5, Section 54

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
   3 members

Coterminus with the Appointing Authority
Term Limit: None

5‑35. Established; purpose.

A designer selection committee is hereby established to make recommendations to the mayor whenever an architect is to be engaged by the city for any purpose, and the mayor shall consult with this committee and shall select said architect from these recommendations. At least three (3) recommendations shall be offered and the mayor may request three (3) additional recommendations from which he shall make his selection.

Child Care Commission

Chapter 2, Section 330 - 331

also see NewtonChildCare.org

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
   5 members: one parent; one child care provider; and three (3) at-large members, one of whom may be a representative of a business located in the city and one of whom may be a member of the board of aldermen.

2-Year Terms
Term Limit: None

DIVISION 6. CHILD CARE COMMISSION
Sec. 2-330. Purpose and powers.

The purpose of the commission is to ensure the availability and affordability of quality child care for Newton residents and employees. The child care commission's mandate is to:

(1) Monitor and assess the need for child care programs and services in the city.

(2) Advise the mayor, board of aldermen and the school committee about child care needs and assist in framing public and private child care policy to meet these needs by way of recommendations.

(3) Work in tandem with the appropriate city and state agencies, as well as private entities, to provide assistance to private child care providers and employers seeking to establish or expand child care programs.

(4) Increase public awareness of the importance of a quality network of child care.

(5) Encourage and facilitate the involvement of employers and real estate developers in supporting child care services.

(6) Encourage and facilitate continued cooperative relationships between child care programs and the city's religious, educational, charitable and health care institutions.

Community Education Commission

Chapter 2, Section 277

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
   2 members

2-year terms
Term Limit: 4 Consecutive Terms

Sec. 2-277. Community education commission.
(a) There shall be an eleven member community education program commission which shall establish program policies to guide the community education program. The membership of the commission shall reflect the broad diversity of the city, and it shall serve as the vehicle for community input to the program.

Boston College Neighborhood Council

Established by Condition #13 of Special Permit Board Order #101-93

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
   1 representative from Boston College Chestnut Hill campus neighborhood
   1 representative from the Boston College Law School campus neighborhood
   1 representative from Newton Centre neighborhood east of Centre Street
   1 representative from the Newton Planning Department.
   1 Alderman each from Ward 2 and Ward 7.

Coterminus with the terms of their appointing authority
Term Limit: None

Special Permit Board Order #101-93
Conditions

13. That within four months of the issuance of this Special Permit a neighborhood council shall be established consisting of representatives from Boston College, the City of Newton and the citizens of Newton. There shall be a minimum of four (4) meetings annually (or a prorated number of meetings for any portion of a year prior to granting the Certificate of Occupancy).

The purpose of the council shall be to discuss issues and provide input to Boston College concerning on-going campus construction and renovation, plans for new construction and renovation, policies and changes in policies that affect construction and renovation, traffic and traffic management, parking and parking management, busses, student behavior, special events and athletic events as those issues affect the surrounding neighborhoods. Planning Department shall prepare a summary of each meeting, which summary shall be filed with the Board of Aldermen.

The council shall consist of representatives from the following:
1 representative from Boston College Chestnut Hill campus neighborhood
1 representative from the Boston College Law School campus neighborhood
1 representative from Newton Centre neighborhood east of Centre Street
Boston College representatives who shall, at a minimum, include the Director of Community relations, a representative from the Law School administration, and, at the request of the Newton Planning Department based upon the agenda for a particular meeting, a Vice President whose responsibilities include overseeing construction projects occurring on campus.
1 representative from the Newton Planning Department.
1 Alderman each from Ward 2 and Ward 7.

The representatives on the council from the neighborhoods shall be appointed by the Board of Aldermen for terms coincidental to the terms of the Board of Aldermen. Recommendations for the neighborhoods representatives shall be made by the Newton Planning Department to the Board of Aldermen; neighborhood representatives shall be required to reside in the neighborhood they represent and be capable of representing a multiplicity of interests within each neighborhood.

The Board of Aldermen shall appoint the aldermanic members of the neighborhood council for terms coincidental to the term of the Board of Aldermen.

The council may adopt rules regarding its activities, provided such rules shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this condition.

The Planning Department shall call the meetings and give the council members two (2) weeks advance notice of the date set for the meeting and the proposed agenda for the meeting which agenda shall be set by the Planning Department. The Planning Department staff member shall chair this committee. Meetings shall be open to members of the public and notice of all meetings shall be posted by the Newton City Clerk not less than 48 hours prior to any meeting.

The Boston College representatives must be present at council meetings called by the Planning Department in accordance with the provisions of this condition. Attendance by the Boston College Department shall be a requirement for issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy for the renovations to Fulton Hall authorized by this Special Permit. The Boston College representatives shall continue to attend council meetings called by the Planning Department subsequent to the issuance of the Fulton Hall Certificate of Occupancy. Failure of the Boston College representative to attend duly called council meetings shall constitute a violation of this condition of the Special Permit and the Commissioner of Inspectional Services may seek enforcement of this condition through applicable legal means which may include a request for imposition of fines for a zoning violation and a court order that Boston College comply with this condition.

The Planning Department shall prepare a list of concerns to be addressed by the council, which list of concerns shall serve as the basis for the meeting agenda set by the Planning Department. Each council member shall pre are a list of priorities to be incorporated by the Planning Department into the list of concerns.

The council shall prepare informational tables of data, which tables shall note any disputed items of data with minority and majority positions of these disputed items. Boston College shall comply with any reasonable request for information regarding its campuses which may be made by the council.

The Planning Department staff member shall prepare a summary of each council meeting. This summary shall report on agenda items discussed, resolutions reached, further actions which any member has agreed to take, actions which any party has been asked to take but declined to do so. The summary shall contain minority and majority positions on any agenda item(s) if consensus is not reached on the resolution of such items. This summary shall be filed with the Board of Aldermen and shall be distributed to the council members prior to its next duly called meeting.

In addition, the council shall file an annual report by a date determined by the council with the Board of Aldermen describing the council's activities during the past year, identifying unresolved issues and setting out recommendations for resolution of such issues (which may include majority and minority positions).

The council shall also file an advisory report in the following situations: to the Director of Planning and Development with regard to any application for Administrative Site Plan Relief filed by Boston College pursuant to Sec. 30-5(a)(2) of Chapter 30 of the Revised Ordinances: to the Board of Aldermen with regard to any special permit/site plan approval pursuant to Sec. 30-21, Sec. 30-23 and Sec. 30-24 of Chapter 30 of the Revised Ordinances; to the Board of Aldermen with regard to any zoning ordinance amendment which pertains to Boston College's activities; to the Board of Aldermen and/or the Newton Traffic Commission with regard to any traffic regulation which pertains to Boston College activities; and the Zoning Board of Appeals with regard to any zoning variance sought by Boston College. The council's failure to file a report called for under this paragraph shall not affect any permit granting authority's legal ability to obligation to act.

Financial Audit Advisory Committee

Continuing Resolution in the Board Rules

President of the Board of Aldermen may appoint:
   Three Aldermen
   Four Citizens with Financial Expertise
   One School Committee Member

3-year terms
Term Limit: Two Terms

Purpose:
The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will advise the Board of Aldermen through the Board’s Finance Committee and has as its purpose to allow and encourage the Board to devote more time to fiscal accountability matters, and thereby elevate the importance of fiscal accountability through strong internal controls, budgetary and other legal compliance, accurate and timely financial reporting and a culture of ethical behavior.

The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will assist Newton’s Board of Aldermen and the Comptroller in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process to ensure transparency and integrity, effective systems of internal control, auditing, and monitoring of compliance with laws and regulations.

Composition and Appointment:
The Financial Audit Advisory Committee shall consist of nine members as follows:

  • The Finance Committee Chairman, and three other aldermen appointed by the President of the Board of Aldermen,
  • Four citizens of the City with financial expertise (Financial expertise may include the person having completed a program of learning in accounting or auditing; having experience as a principal financial officer, comptroller, public accountant or auditor; having experience overseeing or assessing the performance of companies, non-profits or municipal organizations or accountants with respect to the preparation of financial statements; or having other relevant experience. For example, the person may have an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial statements; the ability to apply such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves; experience preparing, auditing, analyzing or evaluating financial statements that present a breadth and level of complexity of accounting issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by the City’s financial statements, or experience actively supervising one or more persons engaged in such activities; and an understanding of internal controls and procedures for financial reporting.) appointed by the President of the Board of Aldermen with input from members of the Board of Aldermen, all of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the President of the Board.
  • One School Committee member appointed by the President of the Board upon the recommendation of the Chair of the School Committee, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair of the School Committee.

The President, in consultation with the Finance Committee Chairman, will appoint the Chairman of this Audit Committee from among the members of the Board of Aldermen on the Committee.

Initial citizen terms shall be staggered as follows: one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and two for a term of three years. Thereafter, each citizen appointment shall be for a term of three years. No citizen member shall be eligible to serve as a member for more than two consecutive full terms, not counting any initial one or two year term appointment.

Meetings
The Committee is expected to meet at least four times a year, customarily on the Wednesday following the fourth Monday of the month. The committee may invite members of the Executive Department, management, auditors, or others to attend meetings and provide pertinent information, as necessary. It may hold meetings with auditors and, when appropriate, with the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, the Comptroller, the City Solicitor, or others.

Duties
The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will advise and assist the Board, acting through the Finance Committee, and the Comptroller, by:

  • Recommending to the Board of Aldermen appointment of registered public accounting firms employed by the City for auditing and financial review.
  • Assisting in oversight of registered public accounting firms employed by the City for auditing and financial review.
  • Assisting in resolving any disagreements between the City and the auditor regarding financial reporting.
  • Helping pre-approve auditing and non-audit services by outside firms.
  • Advising the Board about when it is appropriate to request funding from the Mayor to retain independent counsel, accountants, or others to advise the Financial Audit Advisory Committee.
  • Requesting information from employees or external parties.
  • Meeting with City officials, external auditors, or outside counsel, as necessary.

The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will report and make recommendations to the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee will receive and, as appropriate, vote on recommendations from the Financial Audit Advisory Committee. As the Financial Audit Advisory Committee has citizen members, items docketed to the Finance Committee may then be referred to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee by vote of the Finance Committee.

In its advisory function, the committee will carry out the following responsibilities:

Financial Statements

  • Obtain from Comptroller and/or external auditors information on significant accounting and reporting issues, including complex or unusual transactions and highly judgmental areas, and recent professional and regulatory pronouncements, and understand their impact on the financial statements.
  • Review the external annual financial statements, and consider whether they are complete, consistent with information known to committee members, and reflect appropriate accounting principles.
  • Review with City officials and the external auditors all matters required to be communicated to the committee under generally accepted auditing standards.
  • Review draft external financial reports with management and the external auditors before filing, and consider whether they are complete and consistent with the information known to committee members.

Internal Control

  • Consider the effectiveness of the City’s internal control systems, including information technology security and control.
  • Evaluate areas of significant risk or exposure facing the City; assess the steps City officials have taken or propose to take to minimize such risks; and periodically review compliance with such steps.
  • Understand the scope of external auditors' review of internal control over financial reporting, and obtain reports on significant findings and recommendations, together with management's responses.
  • Review with the Executive and School Departments the policies and procedures with respect to use of appropriated monies and funds within its control.

External Audit

  • Review the external auditors' proposed audit scope, approach, and fees, including coordination of audit effort with internal employees.
  • Review the performance of the external auditors, and exercise approval on the appointment, replacement, reassignment, or dismissal of the auditors.
  • Review and confirm the independence of the external auditors by obtaining statements from the auditors on relationships between the auditors and the City, including non-audit services, and discussing the relationships with the auditors.
  • Establish a regular schedule for periodically discussing whether to re-bid the audit contract with an outside CPA firm.
  • Review with City officials and the external auditors the results of the audit, including any difficulties encountered.
  • Review City’s responses to the audit.
  • Review with the independent auditor all critical accounting policies and practices used and alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles.
  • On a regular basis, meet with the external auditors to discuss any matters that the committee or auditors believe should be discussed.

Compliance

  • Review the effectiveness of the system for monitoring compliance with laws and regulations and the results of management's investigation and follow-up (including disciplinary action) of any instances of noncompliance.
  • Review the findings of any examinations by regulatory agencies, and any auditor observations.
  • Review the process for communicating any code of conduct in effect as well as conflict of interest policies to City and School personnel, and for monitoring compliance therewith, including whistleblower policies in effect.
  • Review the procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints (including confidential or anonymous ones) received by the City regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters, or suspected fraud that may be submitted by internal or external parties; as well as assisting any Finance Committee review of any complaints that have been received, current status, and resolution.
  • Obtain regular updates from management and City legal counsel regarding compliance matters.

Reporting Responsibilities

  • Report regularly to the Board of Aldermen about committee activities, issues, and related recommendations.
  • Provide an open avenue of communication between the Comptroller, the external auditors, the Executive branch, the Board of Aldermen, and the School Committee on financial management and audit matters.

Other Responsibilities

  • Perform other activities related to this resolution as requested by the Board of Aldermen.
  • Assist the Finance Committee in any special investigations relating to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee’s scope of responsibilities, as requested.
  • Review and assess the adequacy of these Financial Audit Advisory Committee purposes and duties annually, requesting Board of Aldermen approval for proposed changes, and ensure appropriate disclosure as may be required by law or regulation.
  • Report annually confirming that the responsibilities outlined in these purposes and duties have been carried out.

Understanding the Process

Who can apply to be a member of a Board or Commission?

Any resident of the City of Newton can apply for consideration. Some Boards or Commissions may require certain types of expertise from candidates but most do not have any specific educational or vocational requirements.

How do I apply for a Board or Commission?

Candidates should apply on-line by clicking on the link below.

Apply On Line

Alternately candidates may send a completed application, letter of interest and resume to:
Clerk of the Board of Aldermen
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
or
Email: commission@newtonma.gov

What is the selection process?

The full application will be reviewed by the President of the Board of Aldermen. If the candidate is selected for appointment, the recommendation will go to the appropriate Committee of the Board for review and the candidate will be invited to meet the Committee. The appointment will then go to the Full Board of Aldermen for final review and approval.