Boards & Commissions

All of the City's boards and commissions play a critical role in public policy development, implementation and review for the City Council. These groups serve an important function in molding decisions for our community, acting as the voice of the residents and providing stewardship of the City's assets. All meetings are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend and participate.

Membership on each board or commission requires varying qualifications. A majority of members must be residents of the City of Farmers Branch, a registered voter, with no outstanding debt or liens owed to the City, and must be able to pass a criminal background check. The members of the Boards and Commissions are appointed by the Council.

Applications are accepted year round as vacancies occur with annual recruitment beginning in March and ending May 1st of every year. Some boards have term limits, and most terms expire on June 30th each year.

​Structure Update

City Council adopted Ordinance 3563 on April 2, 2019 after a review of the current standing boards and commissions of the City. This Ordinance will implement:

  • 7 regular and 2 alternate member board structure.
  • Orientation requirement within 90 days.
  • 2 unexcused absences requires Council review & action. (previously 3 unexcused absences)
  • A Sunset Provision requiring a review on the following boards every 5 years: Historical Preservation & Restoration, Manske Library Board, Parks & Rec Board, Public Art & Culture Committee, Sr. Advisory Board, and Sustainability Committee. (upcoming years 2020 & 2025)
This implementation accounts for the current members to continue to serve their current terms, so it may take 2 years before the boards reflect the structure. While in this transition period, the published roster may be subject to periodic changes. 
To learn more about these changes: Staff Report & Ordinance 3563

View the videos below, and learn what each board does, when it meets, and more. 

For More Details View: 

2019 Board & Commission Assessment

Elected & Appointed Officials Handbook 
Roles & Responsibilities for Board Members
Conflicts of Interest form