Board and Commission Volunteers
The City of Lynnwood has several Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The Boards and Commissions were each created by City Ordinances to serve as advisory bodies to the city administration, the Mayor and the City Council. Most require that you must live within the Lynnwood City limits or in Lynnwood's Municipal Urban Growth Area, and they generally meet once per month. Committees are created on an as-needed basis, usually by Mayoral Directive or Council Resolution.
If you are interested in serving on a City Board or Commission, you may submit an application at any time. All applications will be kept on file in the Mayor's Office and applicants will be contacted when there is an opening. The process to become appointed is as follows:
- Applicants that meet qualifications will be interviewed by the Board or Commission Staff Liaison and/or the Department Director, and then referred to the Mayor's Office.
- Applicants must attend at least one meeting of the Board or Commission for which they have applied.
- Applicants will be interviewed by the Mayor's Office, and then referred on to the City Council.
- Applicants will then be interviewed by the City Council during a Regular Work Session, and appointed to the Board or Commission at a subsequent Regular Business Meeting.
- Applicants must complete a Board and Commission Member Training Module prior to his/her first meeting with the Board or Commission. Click here for Board and Commission Member Training Module Information.
If you are interested in any of the following Board or Commissions, please fill out a Board & Commission Application and return it to Julie Moore, Manager of Communications & Public Affairs: Drop off at the Lynnwood City Hall, mail to PO Box 5008, Lynnwood WA 98046, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arts Commission
The Lynnwood Arts Commission supports the arts to enrich the quality of life in Lynnwood. This five member Commission plays an active role in advocating for the cultural arts including visual and performing arts, and arts education through partnerships with businesses, schools, community organizations and individuals. The commission develops and maintains the public art collection and also advises City leadership on arts issues and works on marketing and fund-raising for programs.
Lynnwood Arts Commissioners advise city leadership on arts issues and play an active role in advocating for the cultural arts including the performing, visual and literary arts. Each member serves a three-year term and are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of City Council. Visit the Arts Commision webpage.
- Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission is charged with adopting rules for the regulation of personnel administration within the police and fire uniformed services of the City of Lynnwood. They oversee the recruitment and selection process for these services, including a competitive testing program to determine the qualifications of persons interested in such employment.
The three members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Commission members serve six-year terms. By state law, Civil Services Commissioners must be US Citizens, residents of the City of Lynnwood for three years, and qualified to vote in Snohomish County. Visit the Civil Service Commision webpage.
- History & Heritage Board
The History & Heritage Board plays a pivotal role in preserving Lynnwood’s historical and cultural resources. They undertake research and fact-finding and make recommendations for City Council action to recognize and preserve historic sites, structures, artifacts, trees and landscapes. The board also serves as the primary forum for citizen participation in recognizing and preserving the history of the community.
The Board consists of four members who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council plus an additional three members from qualifying organizations. Board members serve a three-year terms. Visit the History and Heritage Board webpage.
- Human Services Commission
The Human Services Commission is an advisory commission of the City of Lynnwood that focuses on meeting the needs of Lynnwood's lower income residents, the homeless, seniors, veterans, victims of abuse, youth and other needs the Commission finds to be underserved.
The Commission consists of seven members who serve for a three year term and who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Five of the seven members must live within Lynnwood city limits. Visit the Human Services Commission webpage.
- Library Board
The Library Board serves in an advisory capacity, focusing specifically on facility issues of the Lynnwood Library building. Members have drafted policies on the use of the library meeting room, public display space, and bulletin boards, advising both the library staff and Mayor and City Council on these issues.
The Board consists of five members who serve a three year term and who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Members must live within Lynnwood city limits. The Board meets six times per year. Visit the Library Board webpage.
- Neighborhoods & Demographic Diversity Commission
The commission is an advisory body that monitors the demographic trends of the city and identifies and recommends to the mayor and city council ways to encourage mutual understanding among citizens about the increasing demographic diversity of Lynnwood.
Commissioners accomplish their mission by connecting and partnering with neighborhood, community, educational, business and social service groups and organizations, sponsoring city-wide, neighborhood and community events and through their support of programs designed to engage citizens and community leaders in a holistic approach to diversity issues.
The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Members serve three year terms and must live within Lynnwood city limits. Visit the Diversity Commission webpage.
- Parks & Recreation Board
The Lynnwood Parks & Recreation Board serves as an advisory body to the City of Lynnwood. The Board’s duties include advising and making recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, staff and other Boards and Commissions in regard to parks, open space and recreation services and programs.
The Board consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Members serve three year terms and must live within Lynnwood city limits. Visit the Parks Board webpage.
- Planning Commission
The Planning Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council. The Lynnwood Planning Commission's seven citizen volunteers are involved in a variety of long-range planning activities for the Lynnwood community. They review and make recommendations on growth and land use issues, changes to development regulations, zoning, special sub area plans, amendments to the City's 20-year Comprehensive Plan and other matters, as directed by the City Council.
Planning Commission members serve four-year terms and must live within Lynnwood city limits. Visit the Planning Commission webpage.
- Tourism Advisory Committee