Learn about and apply to Boards and Commissions

Thank you for your interest in serving your community as a council appointee to a board or commission! As the legislative branch of Denver’s city government, council appointments serve as an important voice on boards and commissions. Service on a board or commission is essential to keeping our civil society strong.  

Boards and commissions provide invaluable service to our city and community. Our boards provide feedback to executive directors of agencies, civilian oversight of our government, and advice on department spending.  

The Denver City Council appoints more than 50 people to serve on boards and commissions. The Council Boards and Commissions Selection Subcommittee manages the process of recruiting, evaluating, interviewing and recommending candidates to the full body.  

If you are interested in serving on one of these boards or commissions, please submit an application.  


The Denver Citizen Oversight Board is looking for applicants!  The COB presents a volunteer opportunity for individuals who have a passion for service and are looking to make an impact on how justice is carried out in Denver.  The COB is an essential part of Denver’s independent, civilian oversight system, ensuring the Office of Independent Monitor (OIM) is effectively monitoring the uniformed law enforcement personnel in the Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments and performing other duties as assigned by ordinance. The COB also furnishes an annual report to the Mayor and City Council, engages with the community, and provides policy input.

  • Desired Qualifications and Experience:
  • Demonstrates an interest in criminal justice and public safety, and a commitment to justice and equity
  • Is committed to attending regular COB meetings, quarterly COB public meetings, and executing additional responsibility outside of meeting hours.
  • Has experience in non-profit or government boards/commissions
  • Possesses the capacity to thoughtfully and reasonably consider views from various stakeholders
  • Has an understanding of how Denver city government works
  • Represents the diverse communities of Denver in terms of geography, skills/expertise, life experience and identities/characteristics, including but not limited to: age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, ability, veteran status, gender, gender identity and/or expression, medical condition, and sexual orientation.

Currently the COB does not have representation from Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 11. Candidates from these districts are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Candidates cannot be an officer or employee of the City and County of Denver
  • Candidates nor members of their immediate family cannot have ever been employed by the Denver police, sheriff, or fire departments

About the Citizen Oversight Board:

  • COB members are appointed on a rotating basis by the City Council, the Mayor, and jointly. The current vacancy is for an appointment by the City Council.
  • The COB meets twice monthly (1st and 3rd Friday of the month) from 10am to 1pm
  • Members of the COB receive a $100/month stipend for time and resources expended during their terms of service.
  • Term lengths for members are 4 years, subject to renewal.

To apply please:

  • Complete the online application by following this link
  • Provide a resume or CV
  • Include a cover email/letter indicating why you are interested in this role and highlighting your relevant experience

Please send questions to Emily Lapel at Emily.Lapel@denvergov.org.


Application process

While you may submit your interest for a board at any time, we only review applications when there is an opening to be filled on a board. To apply to serve on a board or commission, please complete an application. Be sure to include your resume and cover letter, as well as any additional application materials requested.  

The Boards and Commissions Selection Subcommittee reviews applications and may contact applicants for an interview.   

Recommended appointments will go through the Council legislative process: The appointment will be heard in committee, and voted on by the full council. The legislative process can take three to four weeks.  


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