Boards and Commissions

The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees.

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.

Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.

Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

Want to be notified when new vacancies are advertised at the beginning of each month? Contact Sarah Terwilliger at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.com or (828)259-5839 to be added to the distribution list!

Application Process

  • Determine which board or commission interests you: Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.
  • Complete an application: Apply here for a board or commission. Note there is an additional application form if you are interested in serving on the Human Relations Commission.
  • Confirm receipt: After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov or 259-5839 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk’s Office.
  • Wait for a vacancy if one is not currently open: Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. Applications are held on file for consideration for one year.
  • Interview: When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.

Current Vacancies:

The deadline for these vacancies is July 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

ABC BOARD – The members oversee the operation and administration of the ABC system.

HOUSING AUTHORITY – The Commissioners are the policy-makers and governing body of the Housing Authority.  They review and approve all budgets for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approve plans and specifications, award contracts and appoint the Executive Director.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION –  Current vacancies include: 1) transit interest; 2) greenway interest; and 3) bike & ped interest.  Please indicate demonstrated interest and qualifications on the application form. The person(s) appointed to these seats may also be appointed to related subcommittee.   Members shall possess expertise and interest in the sustainability and development of multimodal transportation and demonstrate willingness to participate actively.  Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) recommend policies for the development/ integration of multimodal transportation planning and education to the City; (2) assist with the development of a multimodal transportation system; and (3) assist the City with the implementation of best management practices for educating the public on the benefits of multimodal transportation.

Keep informed of activities of particular boards

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact.

Board and Commission Meeting and Contact Information 2019-2020

Board or Commission Meeting Information Contact
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 9:30 a.m., First Thursday of the month
6th Floor Conference Room 623 – City Hall
Megan Gaskell
232-4599
African American Heritage Commission 11:30 a.m., Second Tuesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Jaime Matthews
232-4541
Airport Authority 8:30 a.m., Second Friday of the month
Asheville Airport Offices- Conference Room
Lew Bleiwis
684-2226
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board 8:30 a.m., Last Tuesday of the month
ABC Administrative Office- One Cherry Street
Mark Combs
markc@ashevilleabc.com
Asheville City Board of Education -Regular Board meeting: 6:30 p.m., First Monday of the month
Administrative Office- 85 Mountain Street
Worksession meeting: 4:00pm
The Monday one week before the Regular Board meeting
Rotate between schools
Kimberly Jones
kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net
Asheville City Council Formal Meetings 5:00 p.m., Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month
Council Chamber, 2nd floor- City Hall
Maggie Burleson
259-5601
Asheville Regional Housing Consortium Meets on an as-needed basis Megan Gaskell
232-4599
Audit Committee 3:00 p.m., Third Thursday, quarterly
Conference Room 209- City Hall
Patricia Rosenberg
259-5586
Board of Adjustment 2:00 p.m. Fourth Monday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Marie Biddix
259-5856
Board of Electrical Examiners 9:00 a.m. First Tuesday in
January, April, July, and October
Public Works Room A109- 161 S. Charlotte St.
Jay Eichhorn
259-5839
Board and Commissions Committee (Council Committee) 4:15 p.m., Second Tuesday of the month
Conference Room 209- City Hall
Sarah Terwilliger
259-5839
Citizen-Police Advisory Committee 5:00 p.m. First Wednesday of the month
Public Works Room A109- 161 S. Charlotte St.
Julie Moore
259-5813
Civic Center Commission 4:00 p.m. First Tuesday of the month
US Cellular Center- Banquet Hall
Chris Corl
259-5452
Civil Service Board 2:30 p.m., First Thursday of the month
6th Floor Conference Room 623- City Hall
Caroline Long
251-4041
Community Action Opportunities 12:00 noon, Fourth Tuesday of
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.
Community Action Opportunity- 25 Gaston St.
Vicki Heidinger
252-2495
Crime Stoppers 9:00 a.m., Fourth Tuesday of the month
Sheriff’s Dept. – 60 Court Plaza- 4th Floor
Natalie Bailey
250-4469
Downtown Commission 8:30 a.m., Second Friday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Dana Frankel
251-4051
Economic Development Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County 7:45 a.m., Last Friday of every month
Chamber of Commerce Board Room- 23 Montford Ave.
Desiree Monstrola
258-6118
Finance & Human Resources Committee (City Council Committee) 1:30 p.m., Fourth Tuesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Beth Bechel
259-5598
Firemen’s Local Relief Fund 9:00 a.m., February and September meetings
Wells Fargo Bank Building
David Anders
255-8650
French Broad River MPO 1:00 p.m., Fourth Thursday of each month (except no meetings in July or December)
339 New Leicester Highway
Tristan Winkler or Lyuba Zuyeva
251-6622
Governance Committee (City Council Committee) 3:00 p.m., Second Tuesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Jaime Matthews
232-4541
Historic Resources Commission 4:00 p.m., Second Wednesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Alex Cole
259-5638
Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee 12:00 p.m. Fourth Tuesday of the month
Housing Authority Board Rm- 165 S. French Broad Ave.
Brian Huskey
251-4048
Housing Authority 5:00 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month
Housing Authority Board Rm- 165 S. French Broad Ave.
Gene Bell
258-1222
Housing and Community Development (City Council Committee) 10:00 a.m. Third Tuesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Megan Gaskell
232-4599
Human Relations Commission of Asheville 5:30 p.m. Third Thursday of the month
UNC Asheville Reuter Center – 1 University Heights
Kimberlee Archie
232-4517
Land-of-Sky Regional Council Board 1:00 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month
(except no meetings in July or Nov.)
339 New Leicester Highway – Suite 140
Zia Rifkin
251-6622
Metropolitan Sewerage District Board 2:00 p.m. Third Wednesday of the month
MSD Offices- 2028 Riverside Drive, Asheville
Pam Nolan
225-8268
Multimodal Transportation Commission 3:00 p.m., Fourth Wednesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Janet GeorgeMurr
232-4531
Neighborhood Advisory Committee 6:30 p.m. Fourth Monday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Brenda Mills
259-5506
Noise Ordinance Appeals Board Meets on an as-needed basis
Asheville Police Department- 100 Court Plaza
Julie Moore
259-5813
Planning and Economic Development (City Council Committee) 4:00 p.m., Second Monday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Whitney Tedder
232-4555
Planning and Zoning Commission 5:00 p.m., First Wednesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Patti McFarland
259-5627
Public Art and Cultural Commission 4:00 p.m., Fourth Thursday of every other month
Beginning in January
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Stephanie Monson
232-4502
Public Safety Committee (City Council Committee) 3:30 p.m., Fourth Monday of the month
Municipal Building, 4th floor conference room- 60 Court Plaza
Anika Ellis
251-4061
Recreation Board 12:30 p.m. Second Monday of every other month
Beginning in January
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Debbie Ivester
259-5800
Riverfront Redevelopment Commission 4:00 p.m., Second Thursday of the month
Explore Asheville Offices – 27 College Place.
Sara Henry
232-4583
Soil Erosion/Stormwater Review Committee Meets on an as-needed basis McCray Coates
259-5966
Sports Commission, A-B Regional 12:00 noon, Second Thursday of the month
Chamber of Commerce Board Rm- 36 Montford Ave.
Demp Bradford
713-5825
Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy & the Environment 3:30 p.m., Third Wednesday of the month
First Floor North Conference Room- City Hall
Amber Weaver
271-6141
Tourism Development Authority 9:00 a.m., Third Monday of the month
Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau- 27 College Place
Jonna Reiff
258-6111
Tree Commission 3:30 p.m., Third Monday of each month
Public Works Room A109- 161 S. Charlotte St.
Lora Morgan
259-5932
WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Board 4:00 p.m., Second Monday every other month
Beginning in January
125 S. Lexington Ave. – Suite 101
250-6777

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