Officials are looking to fill 27 positions on 12 of the city’s boards, commissions and committees.
The list of vacancies includes seats on the Advertising and Promotion Commission, Black Heritage Preservation Commission, Fayetteville Youth Advisory Council, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and more.
All volunteers must be registered voters who reside within the Fayetteville city limits. Those who are not Fayetteville registered voters will need to provide proof of residency. All applicants must submit a new application for each board, commission or committee.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27.
After the application period ends, the Nominating Committee will look over the applicants and schedule interviews with selected individuals. The committee will then make their recommendations to the City Council for final approval. Some board positions are nominated by the mayor, but the application process is the same.
For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 479-575-8323.
Here are the openings:
Active Transportation Advisory Committee (2 openings)
– One resident at large term ending 12/31/2025
– One bicycle advocate term ending 12/31/2025
Description:This committee reviews public comment, and advises city staff on the prioritization and land acquisition/easements for sidewalks and trails within Fayetteville. Members are also responsible for adopting sidewalk and trails master plans. Recommendations relating to trails are forwarded to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Recommendations relating to sidewalks are forwarded to the Transportation Division.
Meetings: Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in City Hall.
Advertising and Promotion Commission (1 opening)
– One tourism industry representative term ending 3/31/2028
Description:This group administers the Advertising and Promotion Fund, which is generated by the local hotel, motel, and restaurant (HMR) tax. The fund is used for the advertisement and promotion of the city and its environs, and/or construction, reconstruction, repair, maintenance, improvement, equipping, and operation of public recreation facilities.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center.
Airport Board (2 openings)
– One business representative term ending 12/31/2028
– One federal aviation representative term ending 12/31/2028
Description: The purpose of this board is to seek both general and technical citizen input and assistance in airport functions, provide and encourage visionary planning and strong leadership for the airport, and assist the City Council in matters pertaining to the operation, improvement, extension, and maintenance of the Airport and other related facilities, property and easements.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Fayetteville Executive Airport Conference Room.
Audit Committee (1 opening)
– One CPA representative term ending 12/31/2026
Description: The Audit Committee serves in an advisory capacity between the City Council, the city’s independent auditor, internal auditor, and management. The committee will review the city’s financial reports and internal controls regarding finance and accounting.
Meetings: The committee meets at least three times annually, or more frequently as circumstances dictate.
Black Heritage Preservation Commission (2 openings)
– Two members at large terms ending 12/31/2026
Description: The Black Heritage Preservation Commission aims to recognize, acknowledge, protect and preserve historical Black structures and cemeteries in Fayetteville, and to create Black historical markers to recognize the struggles and achievements of the city’s Black citizens.
Meetings: The commission meets at least quarterly and may meet more often if desired by the commission. The chair of the commission may call a special meeting upon two days’ notice.
Environmental Action Committee (2 openings)
– Two residents at large terms ending 12/31/2026
Description: This committee works to address environmental concerns, to promote a safe and healthy environment, and to maintain the natural beauty of the environment within the city. It makes recommendations to other city committees and to the City Council.
Meetings: Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in City Hall.
Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees (1 opening)
– One public at large term ending 4/01/2025
Description: The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to provide leadership in performing the mission of the Library; to serve as a liaison between the library and the city; and to ensure the library meets the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of even-numbered months at 4 p.m at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Fayetteville Youth Advisory Council (8 openings)
– Four 9-12th grade high school students term ending 3/31/2025
– Four 9-12th grade high school students term ending 3/31/2026
Description: The purpose of the Fayetteville Youth Advisory Council is to advise and make appropriate recommendations to the City Council regarding issues of special interest to youths within the city.
Meetings: This council was just formed on Oct. 17, 2023, so meeting info is TBD
Apply: See how to apply for the Youth Advisory Council here
Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (1 opening)
– One resident representative term ending 12/28/2028
Description: The commissioners approve by-laws, resolutions, policies and procedures for administering housing programs for low income persons. The Housing Authority operates units of Public Housing and rental assistance in Fayetteville. Both programs are for low and very low income persons. All funds are provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Meetings: The board meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in City Hall.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (3 openings)
– Three public at large terms ending 12/31/2026
Description: This board recommends priorities for capital improvements and means for financing the same, and prepares an annual progress report on parks and recreation activities.
Meetings: The board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in City Hall. In addition to the regularly scheduled board meetings, there are committee meetings that occur on a regular basis.
Public Facilities Board (1 opening)
– One public at large term ending 12/31/2028
Description: The Public Facilities Board is authorized to issue revenue bonds to finance residential housing, health care, and related facilities to persons of low or moderate income and for the elderly.
Meetings: Scheduled as needed.
Urban Forestry Advisory Board (3 openings)
– One University of Arkansas representative term ending 12/31/2025
– One resident at large term ending 12/31/2025
– One land development representative term ending 12/31/2025
Description: The purpose and intent of the committee is to advise the City Council on urban forestry and arboricultural related issues as an integral part of the city’s green infrastructure and to sit as the Wildland-Urban Interface: Firewise Advisory Board to advise the City Council on wildland and urban development related issues as an integral part of the city’s fire protection program and green infrastructure.
Meetings: Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall.