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Commissions generally assist the city council by acting as an additional line of communication between the general public and the council by making recommendations, focusing attention on specific problems, encouraging broad citizen participation in formulating alternative goals, and providing in-depth analyses on matters that will be decided by the city council.

Commissioners are appointed by the City Council when vacancies occur. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all vacancies have been filled.

Commissioners are volunteer-based positions and do not receive any compensation.

What Commissions Are There?

Commissions help advise the City Council on several important matters, including civil service, design, recreation, planning and historic preservation. 

The Civil Service Commission oversees employee appeals regarding disciplinary action. This commission meets on an as-needed basis, usually in the evening. 

CommissionerAppointment DateTerm Expiration
Debbie SaitoApril 13, 2022May 31, 2024
Steve VoorsApril 13, 2022May 31, 2024
John EcclestonMay 3, 2022May 31, 2024
Howard FongMay 2, 2023May 31, 2025
George CarneyMay 2, 2023May 31, 2025

Who Are the Current Commissioners?

The City publishes an annual local appointments list of expiring appointed terms for the coming year, names of incumbents, and the dates of their appointment, in compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code Section §54970.

You can also view current commissioners by clicking on individual commissions below.


  • Commissioners are appointed by the City Council when vacancies occur or a term expires. 
  • The people who serve on the Commissions are volunteers, therefore there is no compensation for commissioners.
  • Elected officials cannot serve on any commission.
  • Commissioners are not allowed to serve on more than one commission at the same time.
  • Commissioners are required to complete Ethics Training pursuant to California Assembly Bill 1234 every two years.
  • Commissioners are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700 each year.