CITY COUNCIL BOARD VACANCIES
  •  All applicants must live and/or work in the City of Richmond, unless otherwise specified.

  • An asterisk (*) next to a vacancy indicates an absolute vacancy, which means that the seat is vacant or a member eligible for reappointment is not interested in an additional term. 

  •  If you would prefer to download an application and submit it via email, mail or fax, click here

  •  Questions about vacancies and/or qualifications? Contact CityClerksOffice@rva.gov

AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND SUPERVISORY BOARD

1 - A person licensed by the Virginia Estate Board as a real estate salesperson or real estate broker

1 - A representative of a charitable institution

AGING AND DISABILITIES ADVISORY BOARD

3 – Persons who meet one or more of the following:
- representatives of the business community whose primary residence or principal place of business is located in the city
- city residents who are persons with a disability
- city residents who are past or present caregivers of at least one person with a disability or of at least one senior citizen
- city residents who are senior citizens

1 – At-large member

3 – City employees or an attorney or paralegal with ADA experience or experience with cases involving seniors or persons with disabilities 

1 – City employee with Human Services program manager duties

BOARD OF BUILDING CODE APPEALS

1 - A person experienced in residential or commercial property management

BOARD OF FIRE APPEALS

2 – Individuals who are qualified by experience and training to rule on matters pertaining to building construction and fire prevention

CAPITAL AREA ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROGRAM (ASAP) POLICY ADVISORY BOARD

1 – A person who resides or works in the city 

CAPITAL AREA PARTNERSHIP UPLIFTING PEOPLE, INC.

2 – Persons who reside in the city 

CENTRAL VIRGINIA WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

1 – An alternate member who resides or works in the City 

CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION (2022)

3 – Persons who are citizens at large of the City 

CITY PERSONNEL BOARD

2 - Persons who reside in the city 

CLEAN CITY COMMISSION

1 – First District resident 
1 – Second District resident
1 – Eighth District resident
3 – Corporate or citizen volunteer
 

ETHICS REFORM COMMISSION

4 – Persons who reside or work in the city

GREEN CITY COMMISSION

1 – A person from the sustainability field 
1 –  A person from the green building practices field 
1 – A person with expertise in urban forestry 

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

1 – A person who resides in the city 

MAGGIE L. WALKER COMMUNITY LAND TRUST - CITIZENS' ADVISORY PANEL

1 – A person who resides or works in the city

MAGGIE L. WALKER INITIATIVE CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD

1 – A person who is representative of a college that has expertise studying poverty

 

 

MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND EMERGING SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD

2 – Persons who are representatives of a minority business enterprise

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING STEERING COMMISSION

1 – A person who is a city resident of public housing 
1 – A person who is a city resident with a disability 

RICHMOND AMBULANCE AUTHORITY

1 – A person who resides or works in the City 

RICHMOND REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY

1 – Tenant representative nominated by the Richmond Tenants’ Organization 
2 – Persons who reside or work in the city 

SAFE AND HEALTHY STREETS COMMISSION

2 – Persons who have expertise in transportation safety 
1 – A person who is a qualified voter of the city and who holds no office of profit under the city government 

URBAN DESIGN COMMITTEE

1 – A person who is a faculty member of a design or arts division of a local college or university 

Contact Us
Phone

City Clerk
900 E. Broad St., Suite 200
Richmond, VA
23219 USA

Fax: (804)646-7736

 

Hours

Monday-Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Step 1: review vacancies on the drop down menu to the left if you are on a computer and underneath the contact us box if you are using a mobile device. Submit your application, blue square with an image of a letter. This button links to a pdf application or the application portal.Image of a phone on a blue square, wait for the Clerk to call or email you regarding your appointmentTake your oath if selected for appointment and begin to serve the city!

The application deadline for boards and commissions is September 15, 2022.

2022 City Charter Review Commission, RVA Council Boards and Commissions circle lettering around the city seal, with a blue dotted circular background. Apply today in red at the bottom.

On March 14, 2022, the Richmond City Council voted to adopt ORD. 2021-347, which established the 2022 City Charter Review Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the City Charter with the objective of making recommendations for appropriate revisions thereto. There will be nine (9) members appointed to serve on the Commission. 

Each person qualified to serve on the commission shall meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • A person with substantial experience in local government, based on either practical experience or academic research; or
  • A person who is a citizen-at-large of the City
  • No officers or employees, as of the date on which this ordinance is adopted, of the City or of any authority or other political subdivision operating in the city, shall be eligible for appointment to the Commission. 
  • Membership shall be otherwise governed by § 2-767 of the Code of the City of Richmond (2020), as amended.

Additional information regarding the responsibilities and duties of the board may be found within the establishing ordinance linked here: https://richmondva.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5360520&GUID=…;

Apply now using the City Clerk's Application Portal or by submitting a .pdf application via e-mail, mail, fax, or in-person at City Hall. 

Richmond City Council boards and commissions encompass local and regional government/non-government boards, commissions, committees and task forces. Each body focuses on differing topics and responsibilities such as advising Council, creating policy, or governing.

Per Richmond City Code § 2-773:

Each board or commission shall be classified according to its respective level of authority as follows:

Advisory: A board or commission is classified as "advisory" if its purpose is to provide advice and comment to the Council, the Mayor or any City agency.

Policy: A board or commission is classified as "policy" if its purpose is to promulgate public policies or regulations, adjudicate regulatory or statutory violations or make decisions binding on City agencies or members of the public, whether or not such decisions are subject to appeal.

Supervisory: A board or commission is classified as "supervisory" if its purpose is to be responsible for agency operations, including approving requests for appropriations, appointing an agency director who is subordinate to the board or commission and ensuring that the agency complies with all statutory directives and directives of the board or commission.

Additional information regarding boards and commissions may be found within the Richmond City Code at the following link: https://library.municode.com/va/richmond/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeI…;

 

Additional information about a particular board or commission may be found on the boards and commissions application portal link below:
https://eservicesb.richmondgov.com/applications/boardsandcommissions/in…

The boards and commissions website provides information regarding:

  • Members
  • Terms
  • Vacancies
  • Meetings
  • Board composition (applicant requirements)
  • Obligations
  • The application process
  • Upcoming vacancies
  • Online and .pdf applications

*Vacancies are also posted to the City Clerk's announcements webpage and to the City Clerk's blog. 

Upcoming vacancies are posted under the drop-down buttons to the left (Computer) or below the "Contact Us" (mobile phone/tablet), the Clerk's application portal, and to the Clerk’s announcements webpage. 

All applicants must live and/or work in the City of Richmond, unless otherwise specified. 

Unsure if you live in the city? Click here to use the City Assessor's property search tool to verify your address. A tutorial is available on the Clerk's citizen's guide webpage.

For more information regarding individual board and/or commission membership requirements, visit the Clerk's application portal linked below, or review where a vacancy is in the process to the left (computer) or by scrolling down below (mobile phone/tablet): https://eservicesb.richmondgov.com/applications/boardsandcommissions/in…

  1. Select a board or commission of interest from the provided list and click “View Details” on the right side of the screen. 
  2. Underneath the header “Composition” you will find the requirements for members and applicants to the board or commission of interest.

Applicants will receive an e-mail confirmation upon receipt of their application(s) detailing which Richmond City Council Standing Committee will review the application for recommendation to Council. 

  • The confirmation will also indicate the tentative date, time and location of the standing committee meeting in which consideration of the application may take place.  
  • Applicants are not required to be present at such meeting; however, the committee could elect to conduct interviews or require the completion of a questionnaire for certain vacancies.  
  • Applicants are encouraged to verify standing committee meeting agendas and schedules prior to making plans to attend. Updated information may be found on the city's legislative website Legistar
  • Appointment recommendations by Richmond City Council Standing Committees are forwarded to City Council for final determination. 
  • City Council will vote on recommendations by a formal vote. 
  • Once an appointment decision is made by the Richmond City Council, applicants are advised of the decision via e-mail or mail. Applicants who are appointed will be provided information regarding their appointment term.
  • Applicants who were not selected for appointment or reappointment are also notified via e-mail.

Per Resolution No. 1993-R295-273, adopted October 11, 1993, no person is eligible to serve at any one time on more than two boards, commissions or committees appointed by the Council and no person serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals shall be eligible for appointment by the Council to serve on any other board, commission or committee, subject to certain exceptions. 

Please note that time commitments vary. Meeting times, dates, locations and frequency are scheduled as needed. Appointment terms may be project-oriented and exist for a few months or more long-term that may last for up to four years.

Incumbents will be contacted regarding interest in continued service prior to the end of their term via e-mail. 

  • The reappointment e-mail will include a copy of a reappointment application.
  • Incumbents are to submit reappointment applications by the date signified within the reappointment e-mail. 
  • The Clerk's office will send confirmation via e-mail once the reappointment application is received. 
  • From that point forward the reappointment process is the same as the appointment process indicated in the above FAQ.

Most appointments are volunteer/non-paid positions.

Applications submitted for positions for which there is no vacancy will remain on file for consideration for a period of six months pending an opening on the requested entity.

  1. An application for appointment or reappointment is completed by interested applicants and submitted to the Office of the City Clerk.
  2. The Office of the City Clerk distributes all applications to the appropriate Richmond City Council Standing Committee for review.
  3. After reviewing each application, the standing committee recommends the applicant deemed most appropriate for each particular position.
  4. Once the standing committees have made their recommendations of applicants, the Office of the City Clerk presents the recommendations in the form of a report, which is distributed to all Councilmembers in advance of a Richmond City Council Formal Meeting at which the appointments will be considered.
  5. At any time after the Office of the City Clerk has presented the recommendations of the standing committees to Richmond City Council, any Councilmember may make a motion to appoint any or all of the recommended applicants.
  6. Once Richmond City Council has adopted this motion to appoint, the applicants cited in the motion are deemed appointed.
  7. Appointees must take an oath of office, administered by a qualified member of the Office of the City Clerk, following appointment but prior to the next formal meeting of Richmond City Council. If an appointee fails to take the oath of office in this time frame, Council may reconsider the motion, reject that appointee, and appoint a replacement.

Richmond Code of Laws
Chapter 2 - Administration
ARTICLE V. - BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER AGENCIES
Link to the Code of Laws

Questions  Contact the Office of the City Clerk.

On February 8, 2021, City Council adopted Ord. No. 2020-256, which established the Participatory Budgeting Steering Commission to formulate the standards and procedures applicable to the purpose of making recommendations to the Council, the Mayor, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Department of Budget and Strategic Planning for the implementation of participatory budgeting for select City capital projects.

Composition

The Commission has two vacancies:
  • Person with a disability (1 vacancy)
  • Resident of Public Housing (1 vacancy)
Should you meet the criteria, please select the image below and submit your application to the Office of the City Clerk.

Current Membership

Member Criteria
Scott Castro Non-Voting - Alternate member - City resident
Shannon Gonzalez Voting - Reside in a Council district located south of the James River 
Mary Gresham Voting - Reside in a Council district located south of the James River  
Erin Kelley Voting - Reside in a Council district located south of the James River 
Jerome Legions Non-Voting - Alternate member - City resident
Aaron Linas Voting - Reside in a Council district located north of the James River 
Oludare Ogunde Voting - Reside in a Council district located north of the James River 
Erica Sklar Non-Voting - Alternate member - City resident
Jeffrey Walker Non-Voting - Alternate member - City resident

 

Term of Office

Members shall serve for terms of two years and may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Apply

Click the image below to download and save the PDF application (if the application does not download click here to download Adobe Reader software), please submit all application materials to the Office of the City Clerk at cityclerksoffice@rva.gov. Members shall serve for terms of two years and may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Image of the Richmond City Council Participatory Budgeting Steering Commission Application, click image to view .pdf

 Review current vacancies on the left-hand column

 

Click the link below to view vacancies on the boards and commissions website.

 

Click the link below to apply online.

 

Click the image below to download a .pdf application and submit it via email, mail or fax.

image of the boards and commissions appointment application form, click the image to view and download the applicaiton

The activities of boards and commissions are subject to public and press scrutiny per Commonwealth of Virginia open meeting regulations and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

Applicants who are selected to serve on certain city boards, commissions or entities will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement as a condition of serving on the board or commission. 

 

Richmond Code of Laws
Chapter 2 - Administration
ARTICLE V. - BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND OTHER AGENCIES
Link to the Code of Laws

Questions  Contact the Office of the City Clerk.

Board, Commission, Similar Entity   2021 Annual Report
ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF TOWING FEES AND THE STORAGE OF VEHICLES
ADVISORY BOARD OF RECREATION AND PARKS  
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND SUPERVISORY BOARD
AGING AND DISABILITIES ADVISORY BOARD  
AUDIT COMMITTEE
BOARD OF BUILDING CODE APPEALS, ELECTRICAL DIVISION  
BOARD OF BUILDING CODE APPEALS, GENERAL DIVISION  
BOARD OF BUILDING CODE APPEALS, PLUMBING AND MECHANICAL DIVISION  
BOARD OF FIRE APPEALS  
CAPITAL AREA ALCOHOL SAFETY ACTION PROGRAM (ASAP) POLICY ADVISORY BOARD  
CAPITAL AREA PARTNERSHIP UPLIFTING PEOPLE, INC.  
CAPITAL REGION AIRPORT COMMISSION
CENTRAL VIRGINIA WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMISSION ON ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION  
CITY PERSONNEL BOARD
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
CLEAN CITY COMMISSION  
COMMISSION OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW  
COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOARD  
COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT TEAM
COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MPO)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY  
ETHICS REFORM COMMISSION  
GREATER RICHMOND CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY  
GREATER RICHMOND PARTNERSHIP, INC.

GREATER RICHMOND TRANSIT COMPANY

Annual Report Link

GREEN CITY COMMISSION
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION  
J. SARGEANT REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD
LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN, INC.
LOCAL FINANCE BOARD FOR OTHER POST-EMPLOYMENT (OPEB) TRUST  
MAGGIE L. WALKER COMMUNITY LAND TRUST - CITIZENS' ADVISORY PANEL
MAGGIE L. WALKER INITIATIVE CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD
MAYMONT FOUNDATION  
METROPOLITAN RICHMOND AIR QUALITY COMMITTEE  
MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND EMERGING SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING STEERING COMMISSION  
PLANRVA (RICHMOND REGIONAL PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION)
RICHMOND AMBULANCE AUTHORITY
RICHMOND AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MPO)
RICHMOND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
RICHMOND METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (RMTA)
RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD
RICHMOND REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY
RICHMOND REGION TOURISM (RICHMOND METROPOLITAN CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU)  
RICHMOND RETIREMENT SYSTEM  
SAFE AND HEALTHY STREETS COMMISSION
SISTER CITIES COMMISSION
SLAVE TRAIL COMMISSION  
SOCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD  
TASK FORCE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD
URBAN DESIGN COMMITTEE  
URBAN FORESTRY COMMISSION  

Infographic detailing the boards and commissions process, the same information may be found in the FAQ tab in written form. Infographic detailing the boards and commissions process, the same information may be found in the FAQ tab in written form.

 

Last Updated 7/28/2022