About Boards and Commissions

Boards and Commissions are an important part of government and give citizens a voice in their government

Boards and commissions are an important part of St. Louis City's government.

Citizens representation on boards and commissions offer an opportunity to help create effective and equitable laws and policies.

Diverse representation on each board helps ensure that decisions reached and services rendered more adequately reflect the wants and needs of all populations being served and contributes not only to the success of government, but to the overall quality of life.

Citizen's interested in serving on a board or commission can complete and submit the Nomination for Appointment to City Board or Commission form.

Types of Boards and Commissions

Boards and commissions are unique in purpose, mission, and role and are created by local or state laws and rules, executive orders, and federal laws and regulations. There are three main types of boards:

  1. Advisory Boards, develops policy and makes recommendations to public officials on how to address specific issues.
  2. Regulatory Boards, are those that oversee the licensing, handle complaints, and enforce disciplinary actions of individuals or industries that fall within the jurisdiction of the board’s authority.
  3. Policy-Making Boards, often serve as a governing board within an agency. The board may be responsible for directing, approving budgets, creating and implementing agency policy, or appointing the agency director. Members of these boards have final decision-making authority.


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