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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Get involved with City government by joining a board or commission

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Jackson residents who want to get involved in City government currently have 12 opportunities to make a difference in their community. The City of Jackson is looking for residents to fill 12 vacancies on six City boards and commissions. Applicants may be residents and non-residents of the City of Jackson unless otherwise noted. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the City Manager’s Office or by downloading it from the City’s website. Completed applications are to be returned to the City Manager’s Office or emailed to shasen@cityofjackson.org.

Applicants will be selected by the Mayor, with final approval coming from the City Council. These are volunteer positions. Each board or commission member serves a term specific to their appointment. Please see the list below for board and commission openings.

BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS:

There are currently two vacancies on the Building Code Board of Appeals. Applicants must be residents of the City of Jackson. The Board was created to determine the suitability of alternate materials and type of construction to provide for reasonable interpretations of the building code, and housing maintenance code, and holds hearings pursuant to the Housing Code relating to dangerous buildings.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:

There are currently three vacancies on the DDA. This board consists of 13 members with at least seven having an interest in downtown district property, and at least one member a resident of the downtown district. The authority works on the development and implementation of a plan relating to the downtown.

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION:

There is currently one vacancy on the Historic District Commission. This board consists of seven City residents who serve three year terms. At least two members from a list of citizens submitted by a duly organized and existing local historical and/or preservation society(s) and, if available, one architect or graduate of an accredited school of architecture who has two years of architecture experience, or who is an architect registered in this state. The commission oversees the preservation of historic buildings with designated City boundaries and safeguards the heritage of the City of Jackson by preserving a historic district.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION:

There are currently three vacancies on the Human Relations Commission. This board consists of nine citizens; at least five must be City residents. Board members serve three year terms. The commission promotes mutual understanding, dignity and respect among all racial, religious and nationality groups, and works to discourage and prevent discriminatory practices against any such groups.

LOCAL OFFICERS COMPENSATION COMMISSION:

There is currently one vacancy on this seven member Commission. All members must be registered voters. The commission determines and recommends the salaries of local elected officials.

PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION:

There are currently two vacancies on the Public Arts Commission. The board consists of five members who shall be residents of the City of Jackson and serve three year terms. Up to three appointed ex-officio members who will serve three-year terms. The commission provides a platform that advises the City Council on public art displays, and utilizes civic art as a way to increase community revitalization efforts.

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