Serve on a Commission

Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and to then provide feedback, recommendations, and support to the Council on those issues.

Earlier in the year, the City Council identified a need to review their local appointment process for commissions and committees. After many hours of consideration, the City Council adopted a new commission appointment process.

The new appointment process is being implemented in two phases – beginning with the Planning Commission with appointments in November 2017. The remainder of the Commissions and Committees will be advertised with a January appointment process for a February 1, 2018 start date.

For the Planning Commission, the new appointment process is as follows:

  • Continue with 7 members on the Planning Commission with one alternate position.
  • 5 positions will be appointed by individual Council Members and the Council as a whole will vote on the two At-Large members and one Alternate position.
  • No formal interviews will be held. Updated new online applications will be accepted and reviewed. The attachment of resumes to the application is encouraged.
  • Individual Council appointees will serve terms that are aligned with the Council Member who appointed them and all others will serve four year terms.
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