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. 
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Toxics Board

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 are two upcoming vacancies on the Toxics Board: one “industry” position; and one “advocacy” position. For the industry position, the appointee is required to be an employee or agent of a business which reports hazardous substances under the program. For the advocacy position, the appointee is required to have a demonstrable record of advocating for the public's right-to-know.

The term for the industry position begins immediately, following appointment by the City Council, and will expire on June 30, 2017. The term for the advocacy position also follows appointment by the City Council, and will expire on June 30, 2019, with the option to reapply for a second three-year term.

Recruitment begins Sunday, May 1, and applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016. Additional information about the Toxics Board is available here. To discuss the appointment process or the Toxics Board’s responsibilities, contact Program Manager Jo Eppli at 541-682-7118 or email