Governance of the City of Hartford is carried out by the Mayor, the Court of Common Council, the Administration, and a variety of boards and commissions. Such boards and commissions are created by the City Charter or by ordinance adopted by the City Council.
Currently, Hartford has thirty-three active boards and commissions which are either advisory or decision-making. The role of advisory boards and commissions, such as the Commission on Aging, the Advisory Commission on Food Policy, and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, is to provide advice and assistance to the Mayor, Council, and City Departments on particular issues. The role of decision-making commissions, such as the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Redevelopment Agency, and the Hartford Parking Authority, is legally determined by State or City law.
Hartford’s boards and commissions are comprised of volunteers who commit their time, skills, and knowledge to shaping our community and our local government. Boards and commissions are an essential component of an effective and responsive government. Service on one of these bodies is also an excellent way for individuals to participate in the functioning of local government and to make a personal contribution to the improvement of the Hartford community.
For most boards and commissions, members are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the Court of Common Council, serve for a specified term, and may be reappointed. The City of Hartford is always looking for committed and energetic individuals to serve on boards and commissions. If you are interested in being considered, please review the list of currently active boards and commissions. Identify one or more boards or commissions on which you might like to serve. Then, complete the application form and send it, with your resume or brief biography, to the Mayor’s Office. For information on the appointment process, click on Boards & Commissions Appointment Process.