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. 

Any resident of Alameda interested in serving on a Board or Commission is invited to submit an online application.  The application forms for the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (HABOC) differ and can be completed here: Member-at-Large online application or Tenant Member online application.  HABOC Frequently Asked Quetions (FAQs) are available here(PDF, 101KB)
Alternatively, the application form can be downloaded here(PDF, 329KB) and HABOC applications can be downloaded here: Member-at-Large application(PDF, 292KB) or Tenant Member application(PDF, 352KB).  Applications can be filed with the City Clerk’s office via email: or mail/hand delivery: 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 380, Alameda, CA 94501. 
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 that 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.  Applicants not appointed are considered for any other vacancies that occur during the year their application is valid.  
Following appointment, new Board and Commission members have to complete a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700, Sunshine Ordinance Declaration and Code of Conduct Member Statement. 

Vacancies occur due to term expirations, which occur on June 30th, or due to resignations.  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.  The notice of vacancies is available HERE(PDF, 136KB).

     Board/Commission Full Term Vacancies  Incumbent(s) Eligible for Reappointment Partial Term Vacancies Total Vacancies

Civil Service Board 

1 0 0 1
Commission on Persons with Disabilities  1 1 0 1
 Golf Commission 1 1 0 1
Historical Advisory Board  1 0 0 1
 Housing Authority Board of Commissioners 4  4 0 1
 Planning Board  1 0 1
 Public Art Commission 1 0 2
 Public Utilities Board 1 0 0 1
 Social Service Human Relations Board 2 2 0 2
 Transportation Commission 1 0 0 1