Boards and Commissions

The City of Medford has several Boards and Commissions that serve as an advisory role to the City Council. Most Boards and Commissions require that you live within the Medford City limits or in Medford's Urban Growth Area, and they generally meet once per month.  The Boards & Commissions Handbook provides additional information on member rules, duties and responsibilities.

Current Commission Vacancies

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR MEDFORD BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Get Involved - Annual Recruitment is NOW!  Medford Mayor and City Council are looking for people interested in serving on City Boards, Commissions and Committees.  To qualify for most positions, applicants must maintain a physical residence, own real property or own a business within Medford’s Urban Growth Boundary. 

Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2021. 

 

ARTS COMMISSION (3-year term):  Three full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly on matters pertaining to the selection, acquisition, restoration and preventive maintenance of public art.  The Commission also advises the City Council on arts promotion, encouragement of the arts and artistic performances to help foster broad participation in and an understanding of the arts and their value to the Medford community.

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (3-year term):  Three full‑term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026) and one partial-term position (term expires 01/31/2024).  Meets monthly.  The Committee advises the Transportation Commission on plans and issues related to non-motorized transportation in the City of Medford.  Applicants are sought to represent pedestrian interests, cycling interests and other non-motorized transportation modes.

BUDGET COMMITTEE (4-year term):  Three full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2027).  Meets primarily in the spring to review the City’s budget document prior to forwarding its recommendation to the City Council.  Appointed member will also serve on the Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee, which generally meets one time in odd years to review the Medford Urban Renewal Agency’s budget document prior to forwarding its recommendation to the Board of Directors.

CEMETERY COMMISSION (3-year term):   Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets quarterly.  The Commission makes recommendations to the Parks & Recreation Commission regarding the funding and operation of the Eastwood Cemetery.  The Commission also works to secure donations and bequests for the Cemetery Trust Fund.

COMMISSION ON ACCESS, DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (3-year term):  Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026) and one partial-term position (01/31/2024).  Meets monthly.  The Commission advises the City Council on access, diversity, equity and inclusion strategies that strengthen connections and improve success in diverse community groups and with City government.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (3-year term):  Three full‑term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Commission administers the City’s General Fund Grant program and acts as an advisor to the City Council on the appropriate implementation of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, related programs and statutory responsibilities. 

One opening for each category: live/lived homelessness experience, social services and workforce development.

HOSPITAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY BOARD (5-year term):  One full-term position (term expires 01/31/2028).  Meets only when called, generally once per year.  The Board acts as a conduit which allows non-profit hospital facilities to float tax-free bonds.

HOUSING ADVISORY COMMISSION (3-year term):  Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Commission acts as an advisor to the City Council on matters affecting housing development, pertaining to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in the City of Medford. 

One opening for each category: affordable housing development and tenant organization. 

LANDMARKS & HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION (4-year term):  Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2027) and one partial-term position (term expires 01/31/2025).  Meets monthly.  The Commission approves Historic Plan reviews and exceptions or changes; investigates any building, structure or other physical object in the City, which is of historic significance; and institutes and supports programs and projects that further the historic policy of the City of Medford.

PARKING COMMITTEE (3-year term):  Four full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Committee advises the Transportation Commission on matters related to parking in the Central Business District. 

Three positions must be filled by a Central Business District property/business owner, business employee or resident and one position is at large. 

 PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION (3-year term):  Three full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Commission advises the Council on matters pertaining to the acquisition and development of public parks, recreation facilities, greenways and spaces.

PLANNING COMMISSION (4-year term):  Three full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2027).  Meets twice monthly.  The Commission is the approving authority for zone changes, planned unit developments, conditional use permits, exceptions and land divisions, etc.; makes recommendations and suggestions to the City Council and other public authorities on matters relating to zoning, growth and development in the City of Medford. 

POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (3-year term): Four full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026) and one partial-term position (term expires 01/31/2025).  Meets quarterly.   The Police Advisory Committee assists the Police Department in exploring solutions to community issues and to serve as a forum for community members to seek redress for unresolved Police complaints.

One opening for each category:  resident citizen of Ward 1, resident citizen of Ward 3, resident citizen of Ward 4, member representing the faith-based community and a member representing the 549c Medford School District.

SITE PLAN & ARCHITECTURAL COMMISSION (4-year term):   Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2027) and one partial-term position (term expires 01/31/2025).  Meets twice monthly.  The Commission is the approving authority for Site Plan and Architectural Review, looking at architecture, landscaping, signage and any other improvements of new development projects and existing structures. 

One position for each category: licensed architect, licensed landscaper and one position is at large.  (When selecting the at-large position, preference is given to applicants with experience in engineering, architecture, landscaping and/or construction.)

TRAFFIC COORDINATING COMMITTEE (3-year term):  One full-term position (term expires 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Committee makes recommendations to the Transportation Commission concerning general traffic management policies, acts as a forum to hear citizen requests with regard to traffic matters and provides recommendations to the Public Works Department and Police Department.

Position is at large.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (3-year term):  One full-term position (term expires 01/31/2026).  Meets monthly.  The Commission works with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Parking Committee, the Traffic Coordinating Committee and the Transportation Advocacy Committee of the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (TRADCO) to advise the City Council and the Planning Commission on all matters affecting transportation policy in the City of Medford and surrounding area. 

Position is at large.

TREE COMMITTEE (3-year term):  Two full-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2026) and two partial-term positions (terms expire 01/31/2025).  Meets monthly.  The Committee is a Sub-Committee of the Parks and Recreation Commission.  The Committee advises the Parks & Recreation Commission on matters regarding trees in the right-of-ways and in parklands.

WATER COMMISSION (5-year term):  One full-term position (term expires 01/31/2028).  Meets twice monthly.  The Water Commission maintains, manages and operates the water system for the needs of the City of Medford.

 

YOUTH APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR

MEDFORD BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

To qualify for these positions, applicants must reside within City limits and be enrolled in one of the following schools: South Medford High, North Medford High, Cascade Christian High, St. Mary’s High, Central Medford High, Public Charter High Schools or may be home schooled. All youth positions begin July 1 and end June 30.  Additional information can be obtained by calling (541) 774‑2000.

 

YOUTH MEMBER OF THE ARTS COMMISSION (1-year term):   One partial-term position (term expires 06/30/2023).  Meets monthly on matters pertaining to the selection, acquisition, restoration and preventive maintenance of public art.  Also advises the City Council regarding arts promotion, encouragement of the arts and artistic performances to help foster broad participation in and an understanding of the arts and their value to the Medford community.

YOUTH MEMBER OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSION (1-year term):  One partial-term position (term expires 06/30/2023).  Meets quarterly.  The Commission makes recommendations to the Parks & Recreation Commission regarding the funding and operation of the Eastwood Cemetery.  The Commission also works to secure donations and bequests for the Cemetery Trust Fund.   

           

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Application Process

If you are interested in serving on a City Board, Commission or Committee, you may submit an application at any time. All applications will be kept on file in the City Manager's Office and applicants will be contacted when there is an opening. The process to become appointed is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit an application. 
  2. Applicants will be contacted by a City staff member for an interview.
  3. Most appointments to a Board, Commission, or Committee are made at a regular City Council meeting.

Apply for a City Board, Commission or Committee

Are you ready to apply to serve on a City Board, Commission or Committee? If so, please complete our online application or if you need a paper copy please contact the City Manager's Office at cmo@cityofmedford.org or 541-774-2000.

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