You Can Complain About Everett, Or Join A City Board. Here Are 12 Choices…

October 18, 2014

Everett, Everett Government


Welcome to Everett. Would you like to volunteer to make the city a better place?

The City of Everett has openings on a dozen different boards and commissions and is looking for volunteers to serve. There looks to be an opening to fit most any interest so if you’d like to take a hands-on approach to making life better in Everett, WA then here’s your opportunity…

The city of Everett is seeking community members to serve on a variety of volunteer boards and commissions.


“Serving on a board is a great way to get to know the city and to be a part of shaping our future,” said Deborah Wright, executive administrator for neighborhoods and community services.


Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and current residents of Everett. Mayor Ray Stephanson will review the applications and make a recommendation to the City Council for approval of the selected board members.


Interested volunteers can download an application from the city’s website: Applications are also available at the Mayor’s office, 2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 10-A, or by calling 425-257-7115. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. October 31, 2014.
Current openings include:


  • Animal Control Advisory Board: This board provides input on all aspects of animal control including in-depth review and modification of ordinances.
  • Board of Park Commissioners: The Board of Park Commissioners advise the City Council, Mayor, Department of Parks and Recreation and other city departments on park and recreation issues.
  • Committee for Housing and Development: The Committee for Housing and Community Development promotes citizen participation for Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Cultural Commission: The Cultural Commission approves funding for nonprofit arts groups, presents free lectures and musical performances, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the public art collection valued at $2.5 million and has developed an outdoor sculpture exhibition that features sculptures in the downtown.
  • Diversity Advisory Board: This board advises the Mayor and City Council on diversity issues and activities within the city. The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m.
  • Historical Commission: This board advises city staff and leaders on matters of history and historic preservation. The commission also nominates property to be included on the Everett Register of Historic Places, reviews state and national register nominations, reviews restoration tax benefits, provides design review in historical overlay zones and publishes information about Everett heritage.
  • Human Needs Advisory: This committee meets each year to review applications and award grants to nonprofit agencies that provide services to Everett residents.
  • Library Board: The Library Board oversees operations and sets policy and strategic goals to ensure quality library service.
  • Planning Commission: The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council, Mayor and other city departments on broad planning goals and policies.
  • Transportation Advisory Committee:This committee provides direction to city staff and administration on traffic issues, traffic safety, transit service and transportation planning.
  • Tree Committee: The committee’s primary responsibility is to review and make recommendations to the Parks Commission concerning the implementation of the public tree policy.
  • Senior Center Advisory Board: This board gives input on various projects and assists in fundraising events for the Everett Senior Center. The board is responsible for assessing the center’s changing needs and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.

For more information on boards and commissions, visit

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