The public plays an important role in any state or local government. People’s opinions affect how they vote, which can significantly affect the way the government operates. If the public objects to certain activity, the city government must hear them out and implement action to support public opinion.
In Oklahoma City, to show how important public opinion is, Mayor Mick Cornett is opening several board positions to the public. Volunteers will be accepted for boards, committees, and commissions staff under the City Planning Department.
Committees and commissions that are now open for new applicants are: Arts Commission, Bricktown Urban Design Committee, Citizen’s Committee for Community Development, Downtown Design Review Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Riverfront Design Committee, Stockyards City Urban Design Committee, and Urban Design Commission.
Interested residents can submit their applications through email anytime. The positions are open to all qualified residents, and there are even some commissions and committees that allow non-residents to apply as well.