Boards, Commissions, and Committees


(NOTE: If you are interested in applying for the Senior and Community Facilities Building Committee & Design Review Committee please click HERE.)  

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 and the School Committee.

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.

Please note that sometimes during the online application process, you might receive a notification that there are not currently vacancies for a certain board or commission.  In these instances, we encourage applicants to still complete the application process because there are occasionally expired terms and/or recent resignations that might need to be filled.  

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 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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