City introduces seven new boards and commissions

The City of Temple has established seven new boards and commissions and revamped several others giving residents additional opportunities to let their voices be heard. 

“The city’s boards and commissions give residents a voice in their local government and allows citizens to influence public policy and the future of our city,” City Manager Brynn Myers said. “It also helps officials and city leadership make informed decisions based on citizen needs and priorities. I highly encourage interested residents to learn more and apply.” 

New Boards and Commissions include: 

  • Citizens Police Advisory Commission – Creates avenues for conversation between the community and Police Department regarding policy, procedures and critical incident review. 
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Commission – Promotes equality and works to eliminate discrimination throughout the city. 
  • Emergency Services Advisory Board – Advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the Fire Department. 
  • Historic Preservation Board – Implements the City’s historic preservation regulations in accordance with the City’s Code of Ordinances. 
  • Main Street Advisory Board – Advises the City Council and staff on matters relating to the City’s Texas Main Street program. 
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Advisory Board – Advises the City Council and staff on matters pertaining to housing improvement and neighborhood revitalization. 
  • Youth Advisory Commission – Advises the City Council and staff on matters pertaining to youth and serves as a coordinating group for youth leaders who are committed to learning about local government.

On Dec. 3, the City Council updated the policy governing the city’s 17 boards and commissions. This policy establishes an appointment process, purpose and duties for each board, membership and residency criteria, eligibility and standards for board and commission members, orientation of new board and commission members, goal-setting, communications, sunset review provisions and meeting & general procedures.

The City Council appoints members to boards and commissions twice annually, in March and September.  Applications will be available beginning in January on the City Secretary’s webpage at https://bit.ly/33MVRax.