Boards & Commissions

Denver is a growing and diverse city. Each one of us can contribute to our city. We need your help by taking the time to serve as an active member of a board or commission. Appointments to boards and/or commissions are a vital part of local government and provide for direct citizen involvement in city affairs. Working together we can successfully prepare for our city’s future.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock appoints approximately 700 people to serve on over 130 City and County of Denver Boards and Commissions. Our office manages this process of recruiting, interviewing and recommending candidates.

Please review our list of boards and commissions if you are interested in considering yourself and/or others in the community who can contribute and influence city policies by serving on one of these boards or commissions.

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The Mayor appoints all boards and commissions for the City, and these appointments are held as long as their services are satisfactory to the Mayor.

Alternatives to Sentencing Committee
The Alternatives to Sentencing committee was asked to assess tools and practices that can be used to proactively divert individuals from incarceration.

Art Culture and Film Commission 
The commission acts as an advisory board to the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs.

Asian Pacific-American Commission
The purpose of the commission is to link the APA Community and the Mayor’s Office Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations and other city agencies and offices and to respond to emerging issues of importance to the Denver APA Communities in areas most critical, including but not limited to education, mental health, cultural acculturation, immigration and integration.

Audit Committee 
Oversees the outside yearly audit of the city.  The committee is composed of 2 appointees by the mayor, 2 appointees by the city council and 2 appointees by the auditor.

Bicycling Advisory Committee
Oversees the implementation of the Denver Bicycle master plan, works with the city to develop engineering standards for street, roadway and trail designs to accommodate bicycles review roadway and trail projects.

Board of Adjustment for Zoning
The Board is responsible for reviewing appeals to decisions of the Zoning Administration and appeals to zoning code and can grant zoning variances and exceptions.  

Board of Appeals 
The Board is responsible for reviewing appeals of administrative decisions made by the Building Department concerning building code provisions.

Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees Denver 
The trustees are responsible for overseeing the administration, operation and maintenance of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Boundary Control Commission 
Section 30-6-109.7 C.R.S. sets forth a process to correct irregular and irrational boundaries between the city and county of Denver and the neighboring counties of Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson which result in the confusion and inefficient delivery of public services or which jeopardize the ability of landowners to use and develop their property. The boundary control commission performs the functions set forth in this state statute.

Business Advisory Council, Mayors    

Business Improvement District Cherry Creek North  
The Business Improvement District responsibilities are to create a quality and supportive environment that enhances the ability of the district s retailers property owners and tenants to prosper individually. Some maintenance services include irrigation and lawn maintenance of more than 3.5 acres of grass; snow removal from 32 000 square feet of right -of-way sidewalk; trash removal; maintenance of the fountains, plaza, lighting and benches.

Business Improvement District Cherry Creek Subarea  
The board of directors is responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of the district.

Business Improvement District Colfax Board of Directors 
Responsibilities include creating a quality and supportive environment that enhances the ability of the district's retailers, property owners and tenants to prosper individually. Some maintenance services include: irrigation and lawn maintenance of more than 3.5 acres of grass; snow removal from 32,000 square feet of right-of-way sidewalk; trash removal; maintenance of the fountains, plaza, lighting and benches.

Business Improvement District Downtown Denver   
The board of directors is responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of the downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

Business Improvement District Old South Gaylord  
The business improvement district is responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of the downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

Business Improvement District West Colfax   
Responsibilities include creating a quality and supportive environment that enhances the ability of the district's retailers, property owners and tenants to prosper individually.

Cable Television Advisory Board

Cableland Home Foundation Board of Directors 
To oversee the Daniels/Denver Cableland foundation.

Capitol Leasing Corporation Denver

Career Service Board  
The board is responsible for recruitment, examination and certification of applicants for employment and promotions in the career service authority. It appoints administrative officers to hear and decide personnel matters of the city and county of Denver of employees.

Cherry Creek North Design Advisory Board 
The board advises and assists the planning board and/or planning office in their review procedures.

Citizen Oversight Board 
Assess the effectiveness of the monitor's office; make policy level recommendations regarding discipline, use of force and other policies; address rules, hiring, training, community relations and the complaint process; address any other issues of concern to the community members of the board, the monitor, the manager of safety, the chief of police, the under sheriff or the fire chief.

City-School Coordinating Commission  
The commission shall undertake on a continuing basis the study of all possibilities for cooperation between the city and the school district in the development, maintenance, and use of facilities authorized to each of them and to make recommendations for carrying out such joint endeavors as may be feasible.

Civil Service Commission 
The commission is responsible for the recruitment and examination of police and firemen, the supervision of the two departments, conducting tests for acceptance and promotion, and holding appeal hearings on disciplinary actions.

Colorado Intermountain Fixed Guideway Authority Board

Community Corrections Board Denver 
The board is responsible for advising city government on correction issues, establishing programs criteria, and participating in the screening and selection of potential candidates for placement in community facilities.

Community Court Commission

Crime Prevention and Control Commission 
The crime prevention and control commission shall have the following purposes: (1) to reduce crime partly by reducing criminal recidivism (2) to facilitate coordination among justice system agencies (3) to support the development of data-driven criminal justice that offers a range of evidence-based sanctions and programs and (4) to facilitate the development of information technology and data necessary for effective criminal justice policy development jail population management and evaluation of sanctions and program.

CTEK Venture Center Board  
To oversee operations management of CTEK, a non-profit business catalyst

Deferred Compensation Plan Committee Employees Voluntary   
The board administers the plan and meets quarterly with the plan's third party administrators (Icma and Cooney) to receive a quarterly financial report on their funds, the market, and any issues with regard to the plan administration.  Any changes to the offering of funds by either administrator needs to be approved by the board.  The board also approves any changes/updates to the plan and makes recommendations to the city on third party administrator contract renewals or contract changes.

Denver African American Commission  
The council is responsible for advising the city on issues and concerns affecting the African American community in Denver.

Denver American Indian Commission  
The American Indian advisory council (AIAC) to the mayor of Denver is dedicated to open and honest communication between the American Indian community of Denver and the office of mayor. the AIAC will facilitate the exchange of information between the American Indian community and the mayor, inform him/her of the concerns and issues of the American Indian community and make appropriate and constructive recommendations.

Denver Commission on Aging  
The commission is responsible for advising the city on issues and concerns affecting older adults in Denver.

Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs 
The commission is responsible for providing advice and input to the mayor and city council on issues relating to its constituent groups; recommend procedures, programs, legislation or administrative action to promote and ensure equal rights for the people of the city in connection with cultural issues.

Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority   
The board is responsible for owning, acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating and financing the Convention Center headquarters hotel on behalf of the city and its residents.

Denver Design Commission
In process

Denver Early Childhood Council  
To secure adequate funding in order to provide comprehensive quality early childhood education in order to start young children and their families on the road to success in school and their lives.

Denver Employees Combined Campaign (DEEC) 
Carries out the policy of the city and county of Denver of to encourage and facilitate donations by its officers and employees to diverse organizations that benefit the community in charitable ways.

Denver Latino Commission  
The council is responsible for advising the city on issues and concerns affecting the Latino Community in Denver.

Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of  
Governing entity for the Denver Metro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Denver Municipal Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Board 

The review committee shall recommend to the mayor, at least once each quarter, disbursements of moneys collected by means of the assessment authorized by section 20-103.

Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships 
Shall make recommendations to the mayor regarding non-profit sector issues related but not limited to policies affecting the non-profit sectors, possible city and Denver/non profit partnerships, and identifying potential resources.

Denver Pre-school Program Board of Advisors  
The Preschool Program Board is responsible for administering and governing the new Denver Preschool Program.  The Board of Advisors will make non-binding recommendations on policy issues to the Denver Pre-School Program Board of Directors.

Denver Pre-school Program Board of Directors  
The Preschool Program Board is responsible for administering and governing the new Denver Preschool Program.

Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council
To increase food production in the City & County of Denver; enhance the food security of all Denver residents; improve access to locally produced food; improve the economic viability of urban agriculture in Denver; recognize and enhance the role of the food and agriculture system in conserving and regenerating Denver's natural resources and environment; improve health for all of Denver's residents;  build awareness about the community impacts of local, healthy food access and encourage participation in Denver's local food system.

Denver's Drug Strategy 
Denver’s Drug Strategy works to engage people at all levels of substance use, abuse and addiction. The strategy supports approaches that work to reduce gaps in current substance abuse services. The mission of Denver’s drug strategy is to improve prevention and treatment for addictions.

Design Review Committee B5 District Vital Signs 
Review and recommend approval to the zoning administrator of applications for signs and street graphics.

Development Review Task Force    
The Development Review Task Force is responsible for reviewing, assessing and making recommendations to the city’s development review process.

DIA Working Group 
Review the management structure at DIA and examine other approaches to airport management based on the experience of similar airports around the country. Reviewing the status of the airline industry and analyzing the economic viability of DIA.

DRCOG Regional Aging Committee
Responsible for assessing the needs of older people and identifying available resources for, developing plans to address the unmet needs of, and allocating funding for direct services to older people.

Early Childhood Education, Mayor's Commission on  
Shall advise the director of the Office of Child Care Initiatives on matters concerning early childhood education and child care for city employees and the residents of Denver (excluding matters pertaining to the Denver head start program).

Educational Refund Committee
The committee is responsible for approving all applications for educational refunds filed by eligible employees for courses of study.

Employee Assistance, Board of
The board shall advise the director of employee assistance in defining the program policy direction of the office of employee assistance.

Environmental Health, Board of
The primary functions include adopting rules and regulations, reviewing requests for variances from department laws and hearing appeals of decisions of the department manager.

Equalization, Board of County Commissioners
The board is responsible for performing all the duties and functions heretofore performed by the commissioners of the city and county of Denver, of or board of supervisors, in reference to the equalization, reduction, abatement and rebate of general taxes. They shall perform all the duties required by the constitution and general laws of the state now or hereafter required to be performed by county commissioners, except the levying of the taxes which shall be levied by the council.

Ethics, Board of
To review potential conflicts of interest of city officials and employees and to render advisory opinions on same. City attorney and director of career service authority serve as chair and secretary respectively.

Football Stadium District, Metropolitan Board of Directors
To govern the district.

Four Mile Historic Park Board
The board is responsible for maintaining, managing, operating, developing, administering and controlling the park and all buildings, grounds, vegetation, livestock, collections, exhibits, programs, operations and properties located therein or used in connection therewith for the enjoyment and instruction of the public.

GLBT Commission, Denver
The commission's mission is to enhance the social, economic and political quality of life in Denver by assisting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the attainment of equality and full opportunity.  The commission also empowers the GLBT community through coalition building and disseminating information and other resources. The primary focus is legislation and other public policy affecting the GLBT community.

Graffiti Task Force
The graffiti task force shall make recommendations to the mayor regarding improvement of current response practice in the areas of abatement, enforcement and prevention, related but not limited to: policies affecting graffiti abatement on public buildings, business property and private residences; criminal and civil enforcement measures; and identifying potential resources to implement the recommended strategies.

Greenprint Council
The mission of the council is to review and provide feedback on the mayor's Greenprint Denver action agenda, to support implementation of the mayor's sustainable development initiative and to help us engage the community more fully in our work.

Head Start Policy Council Denver
Govern the Denver head start office and ensure that it is performing all actions necessary to deliver a head start program in accordance with all applicable federal state and local laws, rules, regulations and/or ordinances.

Health and Hospital Authority Board of Directors, Denver
To govern the Denver Health and Hospital Authority and be responsible for the operation of the health care system.

Health Care Insurance Committee, Employee
To advise the mayor and city council of employee needs for health insurance sponsored by and partially financed by the city

Health Services, Denver Community
To supervise governance of Denver community health services (DCHS) and to act as co-applicant with Denver health and hospitals for federal grant to DCHS.

HIV Resources Planning CouncilThe council sets priorities and policies for the allocation of the Ryan White Care Act funds and develops a comprehensive plan for the organization and delivery of eligible services.

Homelessness, Commission on
To participate in a community-wide effort to develop a ten year plan to end homelessness in the city and county of Denver of and to help oversee the implementation of such a plan.

Housing Authority, Denver
The authority is responsible for developing managing and maintaining low-rent housing projects for families of low and moderate income.

Human Resource Commission, Denver
To address implementation issues surrounding the passage of charter amendment 1a in 2003-2004.

Human Rights and Community Relations (HRCR) Advisory Council
Advise the executive director and the mayor on the special issues and opportunities of its respective constituent groups. Recommend necessary procedures, programs, legislation or administrative action and to promote equal rights and opportunity for the people of the city to the executive director. Develop and present goals and objectives of the commission to the executive director and the advisory board annually.

Human Services, Board of
The board is responsible for advising the manager with regard to the policy and operation of the department and shall review and comment on the proposed annual budget for the department of human services.

Infrastructure Review Task Force
To review findings and make recommendations on priorities of infrastructure, standards of maintenance, annual costs and funding options for departments such as public works, public office buildings and parks and recreation.

Infrastructure Task Force

Judicial Discipline Commission, Denver County Court
To investigate complaints against judges and to recommend to the mayor the removal or retirement from office of any judge of the Denver County Courts.

Judicial Nomination Commission, Denver County Court
To present nominations to the mayor of persons for appointment to Denver County Court Bench.

Judicial Performance Commission, Denver County Court
To provide fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of trial and appellate judges and justices.

Justice Center Planning Committee

Justice Center Task Force
Will prepare for the justice initiative in May 2005, review plans and make recommendations for building a justice center in Downtown Denver.

Landmark Preservation Commission, Denver
To designate, preserve, enhance and perpetuate structures or districts of architectural, historical or geographical significance within the city.

Library Commission
To oversee the policies, operation and funding of the library and its branches; to administer gifts and trusts given to the library.

Lower Downtown Design Review Board
To hear proposals and review requests for design and demolition plans for the lower downtown business district.

Lowry Community Advisory Committee
To provide input and advice to the governing authority on issues most affected by the base closure. Formed in 1994.

Lowry Community Land Trust
To provide input and advice to the governing authority involving the operation of a corporation for charitable purposes.

Lowry Denver/Aurora Coordinating Committee
To resolve matters of joint interest between the parties.

Lowry Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors
The authority is responsible for creating policies that provide the necessary and incidental ownership, management, maintenance and economic redevelopment services and improvements within the Lowry area. 2 members are also appointed by DURA.

Maintenance Districts, Denver
The boards are responsible for creating an environment that enhances the ability of property owner’s, tenants and retailers to prosper individually.

Marijuana Policy Review Panel

Mental Health Center of Denver
The board is responsible for developing and maintaining a system of care for the mentally ill in Denver, soliciting and receiving funds to be used for service to indigent patients, directly providing health care services under certain conditions and attempting to serve the mental health needs of Denver citizens.

Mental Health Corporation of Denver

Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
To oversee the policies and operations of the district as well as the $18 million in capital improvements authorized in the 1982 bond election.

Neighborhood Health Program Inc

Parking Commission, Denver
To coordinate, recommend and develop future parking plans within the City and County of Denver of .

Parks and Recreation, Board of
The board advises the manager of parks and recreation with respect to the policy and operation of the department and reviews and comments on the proposed annual budget for the department.

People with Disabilities, Commission for
To provide input and advice to the mayor on issues affecting the disabled community, to recommend work programs for the agency for human rights and community relations and to recommend annual goals and objectives.

Plan Enforcement Review and Variation, Board of
To review appeals from planning board decisions.

Planning Board, Denver
The board is responsible for giving general supervision over the policies of the planning office and recommending essential amendments to a comprehensive plan for the orderly growth and harmonious development of the city and the metropolitan area.

Police Review Task Force

Presiding Judge's Office
Administers the activities of the county courts and makes judicial assignments.

Public Nuisance Abatement Oversight Committee
Shall oversee the implementation and the administration of articles ii and iii of chapter 37.  Shall make recommendations and reports to the mayor and city council concerning articles ii and iii of chapter 37.

Public Safety Review Commission
The commission shall review policy, conduct investigations regarding program implementation and compliant response, and recommend changes to police and sheriff department policy.

Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC)
The RETAC is charged with maintaining the provision of minimum services regarding emergency medical services and the Trauma Care System.

Regional Transportation District Board of Directors (RTD)
To govern the RTD district including planning, finance, operation etc.

Retirement Plan Board, Denver Employee
The board is responsible for establishing policies and handling funds in the retirement program for the city and county of Denver of employees.

Salary Redirection Committee
The committee is responsible for the design and adoption of a plan establishing a new transit payroll deduction which allows city employees who buy transit value passes to have that money be tax deductible.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership
To advise and administer the 14 mile trail and transportation corridor thru Denver Aurora and Commerce City.

South Platte River Commission
The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Mayor on needed improvements, coordinating activities and managing conflicts among various users of the Corridor. Create partnerships among local, state and federal agencies, private and nonprofit sectors to plan and fund needed improvements.

St. Anthony’s Central Hospital Community Advisory Taskforce
The taskforce will assist the hospital and its sponsor catholic health initiatives identify possible redevelopment options for the 16-acre campus once the hospital moves its operations in 2009. (up to 35 members). 

Stapleton Development Corp. Board of Directors
The board is responsible for planning and implementing the assessment and redevelopment of property comprising the Stapleton International Airport including the disposition of property and the utilization of real estate development techniques and financial resource options.

Strategic Transportation Advisory Committee
The STP will be a primary implementation tool of blueprint Denver and the Denver comprehensive plan. The objective of the STP is to determine what kinds of transportation investments Denver needs to make to accomplish the vision blueprint Denver. The STP process will (1) provide education concerning options for transportation alternatives; (2) reach consensus on transportation strategies along transportation corridors; (3) and build support among stakeholders.

Suggestion Board, Employees
The Board has the authority, as granted by ordinance, to formulate the program's policies, procedures, and rules. The Board makes the final decision on all awards.

Urban Renewal Authority, Denver (DURA)
To administer program funds, including tax increment financing, eliminate slum and blight for other purposes, including redevelopment rehabilitation, conservation, and construction of improvements in accordance with state and federal regulation.


US 36 Corridor

The purpose of the CGC is to provide a formal mechanism through which elected public officials can develop a broad perspective within which to advocate for their local communities' transportation needs.

Water Commissioners, Board of
To have complete charge and control of a water works system and plant for supplying the City and County of Denver and its inhabitants with water for all uses and purposes; to establish policy and programs, to oversee construction and to approve budget and expenditures of the Water Department.

Welfare Reform Board, Denver
The board is responsible for adopting policies, rules, and regulations pertaining to the function, duties, and responsibilities of the Denver Welfare Reform Board and the Department of Human Services.

Winter Park Recreational Association Board of DirectorsThe board of trustees shall oversee the administration, operation and maintenance of the Winter Park Recreation Area. The board of trustees shall oversee the administration, operation and maintenance of the Winter Park Recreation Area.

Winter Park Trust, Board of Trustees
To review and accept funds transfers from Winter Park Trust into the City and County of Denver of .

Women’s Commission, Denver
Mission is to enhance the social economic and political quality of life in Denver by assisting women in the attainment of equality and full opportunity. It empowers women through coalition building and disseminating information and other resources. The primary focus is legislation and other public policy affecting women.

Workforce Investment Board, Denver
The board will provide programs oversight and policy guidance for all federally, state and locally funded workforce investment programs including the operation of Denver’s workforce centers.

Youth Commission, Denver
The power and duties of this advisory commission shall be to: (1) advise the director of the agency on the special problems of their respective constituent groups (2) recommend work programs for the agency and (3) to annually recommend goals and objectives of the commission.

Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees Denver
It is the foundation’s responsibility to plan, establish, re-establish, manage, operate and develop the city’s zoological gardens exhibits and such other allied and related work, research and planning as may be found desirable for the use, benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of the city and county of Denver and the general public.

Contact Us

To apply for a board and commission or to get more information on Denver's Boards and Commissions, please contact:

Anthony Aragon
Director, Denver Boards and Commissions
720-865-9032
Fax: 720-865-8787
Anthony.Aragon@denvergov.org

Board or Commission Appointments

Civic engagement, defined as, “Active participation and collaboration among individuals, government and the private sector to influence and determine decisions that affect the citizen public”, is the cornerstone of our democracy. We encourage you to apply for those that meet your interest, skills and/or qualifications. Please keep in mind that this content is only indicative of boards and/or commissions for which the Mayor appoints applicants. Your application will be kept on file for a period of two years, during which time you will be considered for any vacancies. To assure full consideration of your application for a board or commission appointment, it is important to review the responsibilities and requirements. Certain boards and/or commissions may require special qualifications, i.e. professional licensing or experience and geographic location.

When applying for a position, please follow these guidelines:

  • Locate the board and/or commission(s) of interest to you
  • Prepare a letter of interest for each board and/or commission addressed to Mayor Michael Hancock * Complete a separate application for each board and/or commission (Applications can be found on this web site or by calling Mayor Hancock office at 720-865-9090. Applications may be duplicated.)
  • Attach a current resume or biography to your application
  • Submit the application packet at least 45 days prior to the vacancy date for positions that are currently occupied
  • Mail or fax the complete packet for each board and/or commission for which you are applying for to:

    The Honorable Michael Hancock, Mayor, 
    Attn: Anthony Aragon, Director, Boards and Commissions
    City and County of Denver
    1437 Bannock St., Room 350
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    Phone: (720)865-9032
    Fax: (720)865-8787

Due to monthly updates, this information may be subject to change without notice. Information contained in this publication is available in alternate formats upon request.

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