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Boards, Commissions & Task Forces
The City of Kent strongly encourages participation by the general public in local government. The Mayor and City Council believe the city is best served when there is broad representation of Kent residents serving on its boards. commissions and task forces.
While all positions are voluntary, some require certain skills or training. Vacancies on Kent’s boards, commissions and task forces occur at varying times throughout the year. If you are interested in serving, please submit your application for review.
The City Council appoints members to the Special Events Center Public Facilities District (PFD) Board of Directors. All other appointments are selected by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council.
The Kent Arts Commission advises City Council in creating cultural opportunities and arts education.
Members of the Bicycle Advisory Board work to promote non-motorized travel.
The Civil Service Commission is responsible for the adoption and enforcement of rules and regulations pertaining to police personnel matters.
The Cultural Communities Board advises the City Council in efforts to increase engagement, integration, and access to city services for all cultural communities in Kent.
Task Force members are responsible for the analysis and prioritization of City revenues and expenditures; and are to provide detailed recommendations to the Mayor and City Council to assist the City in achieving long-term financial sustainability.
The Human Services Commission exists as part of the conscience of Kent, working to identify and respond to the needs of individuals and families.
The Independent Salary Commission reviews and establishes, and either increases or decreases the salaries of the mayor and councilmembers.
The Land Use and Planning Board's responsibility is to issue recommendations to the City Council about city codes, ordinances, development standards and regulations.
Serving in an advisory capacity to the mayor, city council and parks staff, Commissioners provide input on the strategic planning efforts that influence Kent’s parks and recreation system.
The primary role of the PFD Board of Directors is to ensure the funding generated by the PFD sales tax credit program is used to only pay debt service on ShoWare Center construction bonds.