Boards, Commissions, and Committees


Thanks so much for thinking about serving our City.

Newton residents participate in our local government as members of more than 80 Boards, Commissions, Committees and Advisory Councils. Such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive to the people of Newton. Residents play a critical role in the work required to address a wide variety of needs in the City.

Appointments to the City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees are made by the Mayor, the City Council, the School Committee, and sometimes special entities such as local non-profit organizations or the State of Massachusetts.

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 can apply on-line.  Please see below.

Alternately candidates may send a completed application, statement of interest and resume to:

Coordinator of Boards and Commissions
Newton City Hall, Mayor's Office
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

or Email:

What if the board or commission is already filled?

We strive to keep our boards and commissions up-to-date and fully filled.  When a particular board or commission is filled or has pending appointments, we will try to let the applicant know as soon as possible that this is the case.  (If the online application system indicates that the desired board or commission does not have a current vacancy, we encourage applicants to still submit an application because terms are continuously in flux and unexpected resignations might need to be filled.  We keep a file of all applicants even for fully staffed boards and commissions.)  

What is the selection process?

Depending on the position, the full application will be reviewed by the Mayor or her/his designee, the President of the City Council or the Chair of the School Committee. All first time appointments require an interview with City Hall staff members. If the candidate is selected for appointment, the recommendation will go to the appropriate committee of the City Council for review and the candidate may be invited to meet the committee. The appointment will then go to the full City Council for final review and approval.

Questions?  Call Amalia Timbers on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays at (617) 796-1103.


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