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CITY OF MERCER ISLAND
Advisory Board or Commission Application Process
Thank you for your interest in serving the Mercer Island community on a City advisory board or commission.
Mercer Island's advisory boards and commissions provide an invaluable service to the City. Their advice on a wide
variety of subjects aids the City Council in the decision-making process. Effective citizen participation is an
tool for local government.
Please carefully review the information below, complete the application, and return it to the City Clerk’s Office.
Appointments to boards and commissions are made by a vote of the City Council during a regularly scheduled
meeting. Generally, terms run June 1 through May 31, for a four-year period. Members shall serve without
Candidates must be current residents of Mercer Island, unless otherwise specified (Design Commission). In
addition, applicants meeting the criteria and/or qualifications will be strongly considered for appointment.
If you meet the above requirements and want to apply, you must submit an application form. You may submit
applications for specific boards or commissions regardless whether there are current vacancies or expiring
positions. You may submit one application for multiple advisory boards or commissions of interest to you.
If you are appointed, you will receive a letter from the Mayor indicating the term of your appointment. The
department responsible for staffing the board or commission will contact you for orientation and provide you
notice of the first meeting.
All applications are retained in the City Clerk’s Office for only two years and during this two-year period you may
be contacted if there is a vacancy or during the annual recruitment process to determine if you would like to be
considered for appointment.
In most cases, members fulfilling their responsibilities are eligible for reappointment consideration to an
additional term. While reappointments often occur to provide continuity and maintain a knowledgeable
membership, reappointments are not guaranteed.
Appointment Process (Council Rules of Procedure, Section 8.12)
Available positions are advertised.
Once the application deadline has passed, all applications will be forwarded to the City Council for review.
The City Clerk will include the appointment process on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled City
The City Clerk will prepare a ballot for each board or commission, listing applicants alphabetically by last
The voting process for appointment to each board and commission shall be as follows:
1. Each City Councilmember completes a written ballot, casting a vote equal to the total number of open
seats on the board or commission. For example, if there are two open seats, then each Councilmember
has two votes, one for each seat.
2. The City Clerk will collect the ballots and tally the votes and read aloud the outcome of the voting
3. The applicants that received the most votes, provided they have received a minimum of four votes, will
be appointed to the open seat(s) on the board or commission. In the event of a tie that must be resolved