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For further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council at (912) 651-6441 or .

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, August 17, 2017 through Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities:

CIVIL SERVICE BOARD.  Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six-year (6) terms by City Council. Basic function is to hear appeals from disciplinary action against an employee when it is alleged the action is taken for political or religious reasons. The labor Seat should be filled by someone who is not a management-level employee: this person does not have to be member of a labor union.  Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years.  No term limits.  One (1) term available for appointment

DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY.  Five (5) members, including Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to 4- year terms by City Council, as well as a member of Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature. Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area. One (1) term available for appointment.

ETHICS BOARD.  The board will hear and conduct review of complaints filed against elected officials of the City; if such complaints involve impropriety of elected officials and violation of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance, and if such violations affected the elected official’s ability to carry out his/her official duties.  Members shall be known for their personal integrity. The Mayor shall appoint one (1) member; the Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member; together the Mayor and Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member who shall be an attorney in good standing with the State bar.  Members must reside in the City and not be an elected official or City employee.  Board members shall be prohibited from engaging in City election, political activities, and from making campaign contributions to candidates in City elections during their terms as board members. Members shall serve a four (4) year term.  Three (3) terms available for appointment.

HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW.  Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one small business owner with an architectural background.  Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District.  One (1) term available for appointment.

KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL.  Twenty-five (25) members appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council.  Shall include representatives from the news media, businesses, City government, civic associations, and neighborhood groups.  No term limits.  An advisory board that works with the City in developing a program to control litter and assist beautification efforts on streets, sidewalks, parks, and private property.  Three (3) terms available for appointment.

PARK AND TREE COMMISSION.  Nine (9) members appointed to overlapping three (3)  year terms by City Council.  Must be a City resident. Term Limit: No member may serve more than three, consecutive three year terms. Charged with directing the activities related to the planting and caring for parks, squares, grass plats, trees, and flowers of the city.  Four (4) terms available for appointment.

PENSION BOARD: Eight (8) members, including one member of City Council and two residents appointed to ¬overlapping four-year (4) terms by City Council; also serving are the City Manager, the City’s Chief Financial Officer and three employee-elected representatives.  Administers the City of Savannah Employee Retirements Plan. One (1) unexpired term available for appointment.

SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION. Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council. Eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities. Two (2) terms available for appointment 

SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council.  No term limits; City resident. Members cannot hold public office, except for one appointee who must be a current member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Board hears and rules on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and hears and rules on requests for permits which require the board’s approval. One (1) term available for appointment.

TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE: The Traffic Calming Committee shall consist of nine (9) members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.  The term of office for each member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be three (3) years.  A member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall not serve for more than two consecutive, three year terms. The members of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be a demographically broad representation of the community in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in Traffic Calming. Committee members must live in the City limits of Savannah.  Appointments can come from any district.  One (1) term available for appointment for: DISTRICT 6 representative.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Friday, September 15, 2017.  (CLOSING DATE)

Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

For further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council.  Telephone 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email – .