Our local governments are constantly making decisions that impact our everyday lives and our natural environment. As a citizen, you have the unique opportunity to help make a difference by serving on local boards and commissions made up of regular citizens just like you. Each functions differently, but in general, these boards receive input from the larger community and advise governmental bodies like city and town councils and county commissions. They help shape our local governments’ policies, priorities, and the future of our communities!
Western North Carolina Board and Commission Openings
Most communities take applications on a rolling basis. So if you’re interested in serving but don’t find any current openings in your town or county, go ahead and apply and indicate what you’re interested in!
Find Openings and Apply!
Buncombe County board and commission openings and application are listed here. For more information, call the Clerk to the Board at (828) 250-4105.
Henderson County board and commission openings are located on the Board of Commissioners agendas, along with proposed appointments. Application and a full list of all County boards are listed here. For more information, call the Clerk to the Board at (828) 697-4808.
City of Hendersonville board and commission openings are located on the City Council agendas. Deadline for applications is the next commissioner meeting after a vacancy is announced. Click here for a full list of all boards and commissions and application. For more information, call City Clerk at (828) 697-3005.
Transylvania County, Transylvania Natural Resources Council.
Macon County board and commission openings and application. For more information, call the Clerk to the Board at (828) 349-2020.
Town of Black Mountain Click here for a full list of boards and commissions and an application for appointment. No listing of openings available; for more information, call Town Clerk at 828-419-9300 x 310. Open positions will start being advertised in May, 2016.
Jackson County has no formal listing of board and commission openings, applications are available here. For more information, call the County Manager at 828-631-2295.
Watauga County has no formal listing of board and commission openings, application and a full list of all County boards and commissions are available here. For more information, call the Clerk to the Board at (828) 265-8000.
- Once you know which board(s) and commission(s) you’re interested in, attend a couple of meetings to listen to the issues, see how they work, and see who is involved.
- Introduce yourself to the commission chair and ask to meet with them to learn more about how the commission works, what issues they wrestle with, what their priorities are for the coming year, etc. If there is an elected official who acts as a liaison to the specific commission you are interested in, reach out to them and introduce yourself. You want to come across as credible, thoughtful, informed, and unaligned with a particular agenda. It’s important to represent the whole county and its best interests, not any one particular subset (like builders/developers or neighborhoods, etc).
- When you apply, submit your resume along with the application, even if it’s not requested. You should also send these documents to the elected officials responsible for making appointments with a short note saying why you’ve applied to serve and what skills and talents you bring.