Joining boards and commissions in Chattanooga, TN

Market Street Bridge at night with multicolored lights reflecting off of the water, and a boat passing underneath.
It takes all kinds to run a city like the Scenic City. | Photo by @kathleengreesonphoto

Calling all movers and shakers. Are you ready to become an even more engaged citizen? Do you want to know more about the goings-on in our city before they happen? You can make your voice heard by serving as a volunteer member of one of Chattanooga’s 51 boards and commissions.

As a board member, you can weigh in on topics like appearance or planning, advise on changes to our local parks + greenways, or contribute to historic development and preservation of cemeteries.

Members are nominated and appointed by the The City of Chattanooga City Council and Mayor Tim Kelly. To be considered, you must submit an application to the board or commission of your choosing.

Who can apply?

Any citizen residing in Chattanooga can apply. Pro tip: Depending on the position, certain subject matter expertise may be required. Read the vacancy’s listing to see what it takes.

What are the term limits?

The City of Chattanooga currently observes a three-year term length. Individuals may serve on a maximum of three boards at any given time. To make sure the time commitment fits with your personal schedule, you can view meeting times on each individual board or commission landing page via the City website.

Where do I find vacancies?

Available seats are listed on the City’s Granicus page. For example, current vacancies include the Animal Control Board, Chattanooga Land Bank Authority, Chattanooga Public Art Commission, Library Board of Directors, and Scenic Cities Beautiful Commission.