Boards and Commissions

General Information 
Members of boards and commissions provide an invaluable service to our city. They advise the City Council and City staff on a wide variety of subjects by making recommendations on important policy matters. Over the years, the services and programs provided by the City have expanded. Without the assistance of the various boards and commissions, the City Council could give many complex and significant matters only a limited review. The detailed studies and considered advice of boards and commissions are often catalysts for innovative programs and improved services. Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience for community service-minded residents. It is an excellent way to participate in the functioning of local government and to make a personal contribution to the improvement of our community. Making local government effective and responsive is everybody’s responsibility.

Types of Committees 
There are five distinct types of committees - standing committees to the City Council, ad hoc committees, intergovernmental committees, department advisory committees and committees created by the Eugene Charter. These committees originate from different sources: the city code, council action, state statute, intergovernmental agreements, and the Eugene

The City of Eugene Advisory Groups Member and Staff Manual details the selection and recruitment process and defines boards and commission members’ roles, relationships and responsibilities, including general information about meeting management, ethics and accountability, and communication. 

The Eugene Toxics Board is responsible for policy development and oversight of the City’s Toxics Right-to-Know Program, which requires public reporting of hazardous substance use by local manufacturers. There is currently one Industry position vacancy on the Toxics Board which the City needs to fill. For this position, the appointee is required to be an employee or agent of a business that reports hazardous substances under the program. The term for this industry position begins immediately following appointment by the City Council, and will expire on June 30, 2017, with the option to reapply for a second three-year term.  Application deadline: September 30, 2016.

Additional information about the Toxics Board
Online application form

To discuss the appointment process or the Toxics Board’s responsibilities, contact Program Manager Jo Eppli at 541-682-7118 or via email at



The Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Department Advisory Committee (DAC) to the Neighborhood Matching Grants program. The Neighborhood Matching Grants program was established by Council Resolution 4632 in June of 2000 with the purpose of encouraging residents in Eugene to work collaboratively to identify and actively participate in making improvements to their neighborhoods. 

The DAC is responsible for reviewing neighborhood grant applications and making recommendations to the City for funding projects.  The review process includes independent review of each application and then attending one or two meetings to meet with the grant applicants to discuss any questions the DAC may have regarding the project or the budget submitted as part of the project. After meeting with the applicants the DAC meets one more time to discuss the scores each member gave to the projects and form a recommendation for funding. Staff then present those recommendations to the Eugene City Council for funding consideration. The DAC usually meets in late February and may continue meeting in March to wrap up the process.

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2016.
Online application form