Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory committees (CACs) and boards (also sometimes called commissions or task forces). While some CACs are statutorily mandated, most are created at the discretion of governing boards in order to provide community input for various local government functions.

How can local governments get the most out of CACs? 

What practices yield positive results for the organization as well as a positive experience for citizen volunteers? 

This one-day workshop explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory committees and boards. Participants will learn about important nuts-and-bolts, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAC effectiveness. Participants will also contribute to the learning by completing a pre-workshop survey and participating in a collaborative learning exercise to identify key issues and share promising practices from their experience. Program facilitators will prepare a workshop report that will be distributed to all participants soon afterward.


*Participants will be asked to complete a pre-workshop survey.  The survey will be sent out in advance.

The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

Participants will receive a copy of Creating and Maintaining Effective Local Government Citizen Advisory Committees (Vaughn M. Upshaw, 2010) as well as an after-workshop report.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jo Ann Brewer

Program Manager
Richard Morse
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
John Stephens
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government