Topic: Serving on an Advisory Commission

Program Lengths: One-half day, one day and two day modules

Target Group: This program is for citizen volunteers who have been appointed by the elected body to serve on an advisory commission:

  • Planning Commissions
  • Police Advisory Boards
  • Parks and Recreation Commissions
  • Traffic Commissions
  • Youth Advisory Boards
  • Senior Citizen Commissions
  • Citizen Ad Hoc Boards
  • Newly formed Commissions, Boards or Committees

Description: This program focuses on the skills needed to become a more effective advisory board member.

Topics include:

  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of advisory boards
  • What to expect from staff
  • Preparing for difficult meetings
  • Asking penetrating questions
  • Dealing with hidden agendas
  • The important chairperson responsibilities
  • Common mistakes chairs make
  • Managing commission conflict
  • Establish a commission work program
  • Other issues your agency wants covered

Resources: Participants use “Commissioner’s Little Handbook: A Portable Guide for Local Government Advisory Board Members” as a workshop resource. Books are provided at a discount to sponsoring agencies.