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Posted on: May 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City Clerk announces Commission and Committee openings


Want to make a difference in your community? Do you have expertise you could share? The City Clerk is accepting applications from Napa Residents for a total of ten openings; two to serve on the Civil Service Commission, three to serve on Cultural Heritage Commission, one to serve on the Measure A Financial Oversight Commission, one to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Trees Advisory Commission and three to serve on the Public Art Steering Committee.  Please submit applications by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018.

Applications are available online for submission at and choose Boards Commissions & Committees from the Clerk’s Page. 

Guidelines and Requirements

The Civil Service Commission acts in an administrative capacity for the City Council on issues concerning personnel administration, classified service regulations, appeals by persons in the classified service regarding employment status or condition of employment, and provides recommendations to the City Council on salaries and new classifications in the classified service. The Civil Service Commission consists of five members. Two are appointed by the City Council, two are elected by classified employees, and one member is appointed by the other four Commission Members. These appointments shall be appointed by the City Council. The members of the Civil Service Commission must be residents of the City of Napa for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding appointment of the Commission and must be registered voters.  The Civil Service Commission meets on the third Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School St., Napa.

The Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) is advisory to City Council on matters related to preservation of historic resources, particularly related to the Historic Preservation Element of the City’s General Plan.  This five-member Commission is the decision-making body for Certificate of Appropriateness (See NMC Chapters 2.70.060 and 15.52.)  Each member must be a full-time resident and registered voter of the City of Napa with the exception of two designated “preservation professionals” who may be either City or County residents.  Qualifications include a demonstrated knowledge or interest in historic preservation or a preservation related field the historic the historic resources of the city, architecture, or urban design. Two designated “preservation professionals” must have professional experience in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, history, architectural history, rehabilitation and construction, urban planning, or other historic preservation related disciplines.  One appointment shall fill the requirement of “preservation professional”. The CHC meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 955 School Street, Napa.

The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee functions under the authority of the Napa County Board of Supervisors to inform the public on expenditures of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds generated as a result of the passage of Measure A.  All members must be residents of the City or the County of Napa. Qualifications include an understanding of the type and nature of expenditures associated with public projects and budgetary documents, with an emphasis on capital project expenditures. The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee consists of seventeen members, one member is recommended by the City Council to the Napa Board of Supervisors to represent the City of Napa. Other members include representatives from various governmental jurisdictions, and a cross-section of the community at-large such as but not limited to members of the local Business and Agricultural industry, Health and Human Services, Chambers of Commerce, Local Media, and Environmental Groups. The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee meetings are held quarterly.

The Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Commission is advisory to City Council and the Parks and Recreation Services Director on matters affecting the acquisition, development and maintenance of parks within the city; public recreation; cultural activities of public interest; matters affecting development of privately and publicly landscaped areas within the city; and matters related to trees, tree preservation and arboriculture, including the review of city tree ordinances, policies and programs. The commission is also authorized to take action as the decision-making body for specified actions set forth in the Municipal Code, particularly related to appeals of decisions regarding planting and removal of city trees under chapter 12.44 and the consideration of permits for activities affecting significant trees and appeals of determinations regarding activities affecting protected trees pursuant to chapter 12.45.

Seven voting members appointed by the City Council. One member is a non-voting high school student in the City of Napa. This recruitment is for the High School Representative.

Meets on the third Wednesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 955 School Street, Napa.

The Public Art Steering Committee is advisory to the City Council and to city staff regarding public art proposals funded through in-lieu contributions, and other responsibilities such as reviewing the Public Art Master Plan for potential updates. The Public Art Steering Committee consists of five members appointed by the City Council at the recommendation of the City Manager. One member must be a visual arts professional, one a practicing professional artist in any medium, one a City of Napa representative of the Napa County Arts and Culture Commission, one nominated by the Arts Council Napa Valley or other city-recognized arts organization, and the fifth designated as a member at-large.  Two of the appointments shall fill the requirement of “practicing professional”.  The Public Art Steering Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The City of Napa recruits throughout the year for interested residents to serve on a variety of boards and commissions that examine issues of community concern. Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council and city departments examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Napa. Board and Commission members are appointed by the City Council and terms vary but are typically either two or three years. Most board members must be city residents and registered voters.

To find out more about the different commissions, committees and boards and to apply online, please visit and choose Boards Commissions & Committees from the Clerk’s Page. For more information contact Dorothy Roberts, City Clerk, at (707) 257-9503.

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