Boards & Commissions

Join a City board or commission!

Use your voice and get involved! Help guide the future of our community.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

Boards and commissions play an important role in city government. Service on a board or commission is an excellent way for residents to become involved in the community and contribute to the quality of life in Dubuque. The City actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. The City Council is committed to diversity and inclusion through board recruitment and appointments so that residents of varied backgrounds are represented and have the opportunity to provide input. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The boards and commissions serve mostly in an advisory capacity, but some also hear appeals, provide expertise, advocate, receive public concerns, or establish, review and enforce policies and regulations. Board and commission members:

  • Serve as the voice of the residents
  • Assist in the development of policy recommendations to the City Council
  • Provide positive support to City staff
  • Promote the City and its programs


All board and commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and must live within the city limits, except in those instances where state law may otherwise dictate. Membership on each board and commission requires varying qualifications. Some require expertise in specialized areas, some are required to be gender balanced, and most require attendance at monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly meetings.

Attend a Meeting

Interested residents are welcome to attend any board or commission meeting to learn more about their role in city government. 

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time and will remain active for one year. If an opening should occur, the City Clerk’s Office will contact the applicants to confirm their interest in the open position and invite them to update their application if needed.

Contact Us

  1. Adrienne-BreitfelderAdrienne N. Breitfelder  |  email
    City Clerk
    Phone: 563-589-4100
    TDD/TTY: 563-690-6678
    Fax: 563-589-0980 

    Staff Directory

    City Hall
    50 W. 13th St, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.