The City of Fort Collins currently has 27 standing boards, commissions and authorities consisting of approximately 225 volunteer members. All board members are appointed by the Fort Collins City Council and serve without compensation. Boards and commissions are established for the purpose of acquiring and studying information in specific areas and to make recommendations to City Council on issues within the board's area of expertise. Some boards are quasi-judicial and have decision-making powers within their areas of expertise. Decisions made by quasi-judicial boards are appealable to the City Council or the courts.
Appointments to the boards and commissions are made annually in December, with terms of new members beginning on January 1. Recruitment for the annual appointments begins each September. Throughout the year vacancies often occur due to resignations. If the pool of applications on file from the last annual appointment process is not sufficient to fill interim vacancies, the City Clerk's Office will periodically advertise for additional applicants.
Each board and commission is supported by a staff liaison. In addition, each board and commission has a Council liaison. The City Clerk's Office coordinates the recruitment and appointment process for all boards and commissions.
Applicants must reside within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA) for at least one year. (The GMA includes the area within the city limits and certain areas in the County which are considered appropriate for urban development and eventual annexation into the city.) Exceptions to the GMA residency requirement:
Members of the Downtown Development Authority must be landowners, residents, or business lessees within the boundaries of the Authority.
Qualified candidates can apply to two boards or commissions, however; they can only be appointed to one.
A separate application is required for each board.
Helpful Hint: Since the Councilmembers are using the applications as the key instrument in evaluating your qualifications, applicants are encouraged to complete each application individually instead of completing one application and making a copy for each board or commission.