Applications, Appointments and Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in serving on a Board or Commission. Members are non-paid volunteers and must be Alameda residents.  The information below outlines the Board and Commission application and appointment process, and also lists any Board and Commission vacancies. For additional information on applications, appointments or vacancies, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s office via email at or by calling 510-747-4800. 

Residents of Alameda are invited to submit applications online or you can download here(PDF, 331KB) and file with the City Clerk’s office via hand delivery or mail (2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 380, Alameda, CA 94501), via email ( or via fax (510-865-4048). 
Please note that information that you submit to the City is subject to the California Public Records Act and may be disclosed upon request from a member of the public.  Applications are valid for one year.  Applicants are considered for any vacancies which occur during the year their application is valid.  If you remain interested in serving and are not appointed within a year of submitting your application, please be sure to submit a new, updated application.  Applicants are to review the City's Code of Conduct, which is available here.
The appointment process involves two steps: 1) the Mayor makes a nomination at a City Council meeting, and 2) the City Council considers a resolution of appointment at the following City Council meeting.  Nominees are notified and invited to attend the City Council meeting when the resolution of appointment is considered.  Please note, when a vacancy is filled, only those selected will be notified.  All remaining applicants will be considered for any vacancies which occur during the year their application is valid.  
Additionally, following appointment, new Board and Commission members will receive information from the City Clerk's office, including a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700 and Sunshine Ordinance Declaration, which must be completed and returned to the City Clerk's office.

Vacancies occur due to resignations or term expirations, which occur on June 30th.  Full terms are four years.  Applicants filling a vacancy caused by a resignation will serve a partial term and be eligible to serve two additional full terms. Board and Commission vacancy notice(PDF, 136KB)

     Board/Commission Full Term Vacancies  Incumbent(s) Eligible for Reappointment Partial Term Vacancies Total Vacancies
 Civil Service Board 2 1 1  3
 Commission on Persons With Disabilities 2 1    2
 Golf Commission 1 1    1
 Historical Advisory Board 2 2    2
 Housing Authority Board of Commissioners 2 1 (Tentant) 1 (Senior Tenant)  3
 Library Board 1 1    1
 Planning Board 2 2    2
 Public Art Commission 0      0
 Public Utilities Board 1 1    1
 Recreation and Park Commission 3 3    3
 Social Services Human Relations Board 2 2 1  3
 Transportation Commission 4 3    4