*****NOTICE FROM THE CITY CLERK*****
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Governor Baker issued an emergency Order on March 12, 2020, allowing public bodies' greater flexibility in utilizing technology in the conduct of meetings under the Open Meeting Law. The City of Pittsfield greatly values the participation of its citizens in the public meeting process, but given the current circumstances and recommendations at both the state and federal levels to limit or avoid public gatherings, together with the present closure of City Hall and other public buildings to the public, the City has decided to implement the "remote participation" procedures allowed under Governor Baker's emergency Order for all boards, committees, and commissions.
This means that:
- Meetings will be virtual, in their entirety.
- The public will not be allowed into a Board/Committee meeting. "Public comment" portions of meetings will be temporarily suspended.
- However, the public will be provided with alternative access through which they can watch or listen to meetings "in real time," and meeting notices will specify the manner in which members of the public may access audio or video of the meeting as it is occurring.
- If, despite our best efforts, our technological capabilities do not adequately support public access to virtual or remote meetings, the City will ensure that an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of the proceedings at the meeting is posted on the City's website as soon as possible after the meeting.
- Notices for public hearings will contain additional information about how the public may participate via electronic/technological means.
- For executive session meetings, public access to the meeting will be limited to the open session portion(s) of the meeting only. Public access to any audio, video, internet or web-based broadcast of the meeting will be discontinued when the public body enters executive session.
- Where individuals have a right, or are required, to attend a public meeting or hearing, including executive session meetings, they will be provided with information about how to participate in the meeting/hearing remotely.
- Meeting notices will still be posted at least 48 hours in advance (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays), unless it is an emergency meeting as defined under the Open Meeting Law (in which event, the meeting notice will be posted with as much advanced notice as is possible in the circumstances). Minutes will still be taken.
Please check individual meeting agendas on the calendar on the City's website, located at Cityofpittsfield.org, for the latest information regarding meetings. Each meeting may experience unique circumstances that may require last minute changes in protocol, including cancellation or rescheduling. We appreciate your patience as we undergo this shift in a significant aspect of how the City conducts business.
Boards and Commissions
The City of Pittsfield welcomes citizen involvement in boards and commissions created to help advise, manage and make decisions regarding city services, programs and development. These boards and commissions advise the Mayor and the City Council on a variety of issues. Individuals are appointed by the Mayor and some are subject to the confirmation by the City Council. Committees meet on a monthly, quarterly or as needed basis.
To view members of any commission, please click on the Boards & Commissions Roster on the left side of this page.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in volunteering for a board or commission in the City of Pittsfield, please send a letter of interest and a copy of your resume to:
70 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
You may also email your resume and letter of interest to Catherine VanBramer, Executive Assistant to the Mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any additional questions, please call the Mayor’s Office at (413) 499-9321.
- Mayor’s Office staff reviews the resume and letter of interest and determines if there is a vacancy on the desired board or commission.
- If no vacancy exists, the application is placed on file for future consideration.
- If a vacancy exists, the resume and letter of interest is reviewed with the chair of the board/commission and/or the appropriate staff person. The individual may also be asked to attend a future meeting to better confirm their interest in serving on a particular board/commission.
- Once this review is completed and there is a determination made to submit the individual’s name as an appointee, a letter of appointment is submitted to the City Council for their review and approval.
- If the appointment is approved by a majority of the City Council, the individual will then receive a letter of appointment from the City Clerk’s Office. Once received, the individual should visit the City Clerk’s Office to take an official oath of office and receive the necessary paperwork to be completed as a member of the municipal board/commission.
Commissions that are not associated with a specific City of Pittsfield department have their pages listed below.