Volunteering for a Board, Commission or Committee


Serving on a City of Janesville commission, board, or committee is one of the most effective ways for citizens to influence City policies and activities. Volunteering provides an opportunity for citizen participation in the process of government. Being a committee member also serves as a training ground for citizens to learn and increase their knowledge and skills by working with a variety of people on issues that might not otherwise be a part of their private lives.

Applications are kept on file for one calendar year.  Individuals interested in serving on a committee may re-apply on January 1 of each year or later.


For a listing of standing citizen committees, their responsibilities and meeting times, please click here


Applications must be received by Sunday, March 11, 2018 to be considered for these openings.

  • Advisory Committee on Appointments – 1 alternate member. This committee recommends to the Council President and City Manager citizen nominees to municipal standing boards, commissions, and committees. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

  • Golf Course Advisory Committee – 1 alternate member. This committee reviews and makes recommendations on public golf course operations, and solicits public feedback into improving the golf courses. The committee also reviews and evaluates what capital improvements are necessary and makes recommendations on such to the City Council. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

  • Historic Commission – 1 voting member. The commission reviews National Register nominations and promotes historic preservation awareness. The commission also makes recommendations to the City Council, and establishes guidelines and criteria for construction, alteration, or demolition of improvements within a historic district. Meetings take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:15PM.

  • Library Board of Trustees – 1 voting member. This board sets policy for operation of the Hedberg Public Library and prepares the Library's budget for City Council approval. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30PM.

  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee – 1 voting member. The committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Parks Division, Recreation Division, and City Administration on matters concerning planning, development, operation, maintenance, and promotion of programs, facilities, and parks based upon the community's needs and interest. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7PM.

  • Plan Commission – 3 voting members. The commission reviews items referred from the City Council relating to planning, zoning, and physical development. The commission also prepares and adopts the City's Comprehensive Plan or Master Plan. Meetings take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30PM.

  • Police & Fire Commission – 1 voting member. The commission is responsible for hiring the Police and Fire Chiefs and approval of their subordinate appointments. They also review charges against and may discipline or dismiss the Police or Fire Chief or any subordinate. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

  • Sustainable Janesville Committee – 1 voting member. This committee’s purpose is to advise the City Administration and the City Council on issues of environmental sustainability. Meetings take place monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM.

  • Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) – 1 alternate member. The ZBA is a five-member Board with two alternate members that reviews requests to vary or modify standards in the zoning ordinance. Planning and Building Services serves as staff to the ZBA. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:30PM.

Eligibility to Serve

To be eligible for an appointment , volunteers must have interest or knowledge in the committee’s subject matter. Volunteers should also be available to meet at the committee’s regular meeting time. Residency in the City of Janesville may be required.Click here to review the residency requirements and appointment authority for each board, commission or committee.

How To Volunteer

Individuals interested in volunteering for a committee must complete an application form. Individuals may complete an electronic fill-in form or download a PDF for mailingApplications must be received by Sunday, March 11, 2018 to be considered for these openings.


Following the application deadline, the Advisory Committee on Appointments will meet on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. in City Hall, First Floor Conference Room to review the applications and make their recommendation to the City President or City Manager. The appointments then go before the City Council for confirmation at their regular meeting on Monday, April 23. Individuals not chosen will receive a letter indicating their application will remain on file for the calendar year.

Please contact the City Manager’s Office with any questions at (608) 755-3177.


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