Boards & Committees

There are a number of volunteer boards, committees, councils and commissions that work with city government to maintain and improve the quality of life in Northampton. Most of the boards are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

The term of service on most boards is three years with reappointment to additional terms possible. Boards typically meet once a month, and some have subcommittees that meet in between monthly meetings.

The City Council, School Committee, Forbes Library Trustees, Smith Vocational and Agricultural Board of Trustees and two members of the Community Preservation Committee are elected by the voters of Northampton.

Current Vacancies

Boards, Committees, & Commissions Vacancies
Arts Council 5
Central Business Architecture Commission
1-Historical Commission
Council on Aging 7
Disability Commission 1
Board of Health 1
Human Rights Commission 2
Parks and Recreation Commission 2
Planning Board 1 (Associate Member)
Board of Registrars 1 (Pending Confirmation)
Transportation & Parking Commission 1
Trust Fund 2
Whiting Street Committee 1

Boards, Committees & Commissions


If you are interested in volunteering for a board or committee, you may fill out an online application for appointment, download the application for appointment (PDF), or pick up an application at the Mayor's Office during business hours. If you are unable to come into the office, you may call or email and we will send a form to you. Appointments to boards are made on a rolling basis, as members resign or retire from service.

After you submit an application

  • Application is submitted to Mayor by email
  • Mayor's Office staff reviews the application and determines if a vacancy exists on desired board, committee or commission
  • If no vacancy exists, application is put on file for a year
  • If a vacancy exists, application is sent to board committee/commission staff person for review of experience and qualifications
  • In some cases, the applicant is contacted and asked to attend a board committee or commission meeting to better confirm the                     applicant's interest
  • After staff review and/or applicant attends a meeting, the Mayor will review the application and a phone interview will be scheduled               between the two
  • Application is then submitted to City Council

After application is submitted to City Council

  • At a City Council meeting (first and third Thursday of the month) the application is referred to the City Council committee on City                  Services
  • The committee on City Services will review the application and interview the applicant. Applicant will be contacted by the City Council          Administrative Assistant for scheduling
  • After vote by committee on City Services, application will be sent back to City Council for a vote.
  • Applicant will be contacted by the Administrative Assistant of the City Council with an appointment certificate and instructions on being        sworn in

The process for appointment from submitting an application to official acceptance can take 2-3 months.