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City Manager's Office
128 E. 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Ph: 541-682-5010
Fx: 541-682-5414

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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. These are 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 Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park has one opening for a partial term in Eugene ending June 30, 2016. The committee is a group of 15 volunteers from Eugene and Springfield. Eugene members are appointed by the Eugene City Council. The Eugene application period closes on June 30, 2015. The successful applicant would be eligible to apply for a full three-year term after completing the partial term.

This a good opportunity to serve on a committee working with Eugene Parks and Open Space and the Willamalane Park and Recreation District to implement the East Alton Baker Park Plan, a citizen-generated document for managing and enhancing the 237 acres of open-space parkland shared by Eugene and Springfield.

For more information, contact Pamela Symonds at or 541-682-4913.

To apply online click here.

Additional Information
Information on the boards, committees and commissions is available at the City Manager’s Office at 541-682-5010 or on the City of Eugene website at