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Page last updated on December 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

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Sofia McDowell

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Director of Public Engagement, or 812-349-3406




City Invites Residents to Apply to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington’s Office of the City Clerk and the Office of the Mayor are accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the City’s boards or commissions. Some of these bodies are anticipating vacancies as current terms expire in December 2021 and January 2022. Applications are sought to fill spaces on the Parking Commission, Commission on Sustainability, Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Redevelopment Commission, and others. 

More information about each board and commission -- including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings and term lengths -- is available at, with an application available at

After applying, members must be appointed to each board or commission by the mayor, council, or another appointing body. Please note: city residency is required for membership on most but not all of the boards and commissions.    

The City’s boards and commissions give residents the opportunity to provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 45 boards and commissions that advise the mayor and city council on a vast array of issues. In addition to their advisory function, these bodies may work cooperatively with City departments to contribute to policy, approve resolutions, and fund projects, among other responsibilities. 

“Our City’s boards and commissions bring residents’ voices into decisions affecting daily life in Bloomington,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “Our community is stronger and more equitable when more residents participate. Please consider sharing your time, experience and expertise to shape Bloomington in the direction of our community’s values.”  

Prospective applicants are urged to attend a meeting of the board or commission of their choosing prior to applying. Meeting schedules for and vacancies on each body may be accessed by clicking on the name of each board or commission listed at All meetings of the City’s boards and commissions are currently held over video conference, per the governor’s emergency orders, and are free and open to the public.