TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
Citizen participation in local government is the foundation
of the American democratic system. Few other major countries
in the world encourage residents to contribute their time
and good sense to shaping the policies of local government.
Thanks to the farsighted men and women who first settled
our country, the concepts that society's goals are best set
by public discussion and that government should be open and
accountable to the public in every step of the planning process
prevail throughout this country.
Participation is an ongoing process. Citizen advisory Boards,
Committees, and Commissions are critically important in maintaining
communication with divergent groups, in maintaining local
standards, and preserving the intrinsic character of Geneva.
Pressing issues provide continued challenges to those participating
in the system of governance. Some of those issues include:
the preservation of our historic structures; enrichment of
the educational, cultural and recreational environment; improvement
of transportation systems; and the protection and improvement
of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.
Geneva Municipal Code empowers the City Council to form Boards,
Committees, and Commissions to assist the City Council
in legislating and managing the affairs of the City. Currently
there are ten (10) permanently appointed Boards, Committees,
and Commissions (Plan Commission, Historic Preservation Commission,
Strategic Plan Advisory Committee,
Zoning Board of Appeals, Commercial Sign Committee, Fire and
Police Commission, Mental Health Board, Cultural Arts Commission, Economic Development Commission, and Public Building
Commission). In addition, and from time to time, temporary
citizen advisory (ad hoc) Boards, Committees, Commissions,
or Task Forces are appointed to meet a specific topic
and need. Their varied roles provide significant opportunities
for formulating City policy and for creating public forums
for meaningful community participation.
This section of the City's website is designed to acquaint
residents of Geneva with the various Boards, Committees, and
Commissions and the way to assist in shaping the future of
Geneva. Board, Committee, and Commission members are
a critical part of our local government.
HOW ARE BOARD, COMMITTEE, OR COMMISSION MEMBERS CHOSEN
AND SELECTION PROCESS
All recruitment for Board, Committee, and Commission members
is open and published in the local press and on this website.
The City accepts applications from interested persons throughout
the year. An application specific to the Economic Development Commission is found here.
Applicants will be sought from all segments of the community,
representing various interests and groups.
Appointment is made by the Mayor, with the advice and consent
of the City Council. Each application is carefully reviewed
by the Mayor. The Mayor presents his recommendation(s)
to the City Council. Applicants are formally appointed at
a City Council meeting by the Mayor.
Incumbents are considered for reappointment at the conclusion
of their terms.
Terms vary for each different Board, Committee, or Commission
and are typically staggered.
DO I GET AN APPLICATION?
Applications may be obtained from at City
Hall, (630) 232-7494, or by clicking on the "Application
for Appointment" button at the top of this screen. Information
on vacancies and/or specific recruitment periods may also
be obtained by calling City Hall, (630)
232-7494, or by clicking on the "Current Vacancies"
button at the top of this screen. An official application
form must be completed for each position. Additionally, applicants
may include a resume with their completed application form.
Completed application forms and resumes may be submitted to
the Mayor, Geneva City Hall, 22 South First Street, Geneva,
IL 60134, or electronically by clicking on the "Send
a Message" button at the top of the page and attaching
the completed form and resume.
ARE THERE ANY
TIPS TO IMPROVE MY CHANCES OF BEING APPOINTED?
out a separate form for each Board, Committee, or Commission
in which you are interested. It is to your advantage to tailor
each application to the specific Board, Committee, or Commission
for which you are applying. Emphasize different aspects of
your background to match those needed for a particular Board,
Committee, or Commission.
Emphasize your talents. Clearly indicate how your particular
talents, skills, training, or experience will benefit the
Board, Committee, or Commission for which you wish to be considered.
This is your opportunity to "toot your own horn".
Become familiar with the appropriate Board, Committee, or
Commission. Attend meetings, talk with Board, Committee, or
Commission members, or read documents they have developed
to acquaint yourself with their work. Talk with the City Staff
liaison to the specific Board, Committee, or Commission in
which you are interested.
Board, Committee, and Commission members may be required
to wear "different hats" at different times. The
ability to suitably perform the varied roles requires specialized
skills and knowledge. Qualification for service can be divided
into four general areas:
1. LONG-RANGE INTEREST IN THE COMMUNITY
The ability to conceive, and be concerned with, the impact
of current decisions on future citizens is paramount. Board,
Committee, and Commission members may be required to analyze
issues, to listen to public comment through formal hearings
or informal discussion, to interpret and apply mandates of
the adopted public policies of the City, and to analyze all
the pertinent data before arriving at objective decisions
which will be in the best interests of the community as a
COMMON SENSE, HONESTY AND GOOD CHARACTER
Keeping the public interest in mind, a Board, Committee,
or Commission member will be called upon to use everyday good
sense in balancing the need of public and private groups.
Controversial issues do arise, and the ability to make decisions
based on merit rather than personalities is a must. Other
traits such as imagination and flexibility are strongly recommended
for all appointed members.
Board, Committee, or Commission members are residents of the community and because of their interest in civic events often attend public meetings; Board, Committee, or Commission members should be careful to identify when personal opinion is being stated rather than an official City position.
OF THE COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE, PROCESS, OBJECTIVES, AND LAWS
familiararity with economic systems, the general operation
of government, the City's comprehensive land use plan, the
City's Municipal Code, and a basic understanding of the legal
process is helpful in assisting appointed members in their
duties. This knowledge will be of tremendous value if and
when Board, Committee, and Commission members are required
to conduct public hearings, analyze and receive testimony
and make meaningful decisions. City staff is available to assist regarding the legal and public policy elements of serving as an appointed official.
TO SERVE IN APPOINTED CAPACITY
The amount of time that a Board, Committee, or Commission
member devotes to his/her duties varies with each Board, Committee,
or Commission. Before making a personal commitment,
a prospective applicant should honestly evaluate whether he/she
has adequate free time to attend the meetings, to review and
be familiar with meeting materials, and to communicate with
the public, other Board, Committee, or Commission members,
as well as City Staff.
OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS
Members of the Plan Commission, Historic Preservation, and Zoning Board and other appointed positions are required to file Statements of Economic Interest within the County. All Board, Committee and Commission members are required to refrain from participation in matters where they have the potential for conflict of interest. (See below for the City's policy on Conflict of Interest)
Geneva is a community where trust and confidence in our City
government is of paramount importance. This need to maintain
community trust is vital to the City's operations. Generally
stated, any elected or appointed official has a conflict of
interest if he or she has a financial interest in a project
before the City and/or when compensation is received from
anyone seeking approvals from the City. There are some exceptions
but, generally, elected or appointed officials are prohibited
from voting on projects where a conflict exists. Even if a
legal conflict does not exist, it may be inappropriate to
participate in a decision for personal reasons to avoid even
the appearance of a conflict of interest.
an example, there could be a conflict if your
friend or neighbor has a matter before your Board, Committee or Commission
and you voice an opinion or vote in your "City"
capacity in favor of your friend or neighbor because s/he is your friend.
While the case may not be defined as a conflict, it could
be perceived as a conflict, which reflects poorly on the City
government as a whole.
It is the policy of the City, that all elected and appointed
officials conduct themselves in a manner that does not raise
a reasonable perception or belief that there is a conflict
of interest or an abuse of your position. Please be aware
that the City believes that avoiding the appearance of conflict
is extremely important.
If you refrain from voting on an issue, you are not precluded
from speaking as an individual. Your presentation, however,
should be made from the floor, at the microphone with the
rest of the public. You should state for the record that you
are speaking as an individual. This provides any appointed
Board, Committee, or Commission member the opportunity to
present his/her views as an individual on any matter before
any City body.
The conflict of interest policy is simple. The City believes
that if in your business you intend to represent clients or
friends before city bodies (whether paid or not), you should
not at the same time serve on a city Board, Committee, or
Commission. This policy provides the public the assurance
of fairness and integrity in the public decision making process.
You may contact the City Administrator to assist you in this
process. You may call (630) 232-7494 or use the "Send
A Message" button at the top of this screen.
You may contact City Hall at (630) 232-7494
to have a City of Geneva Volunteer Handbook mailed or sent via email to you,
or you may stop by City Hall at 22 South First Street, Geneva,
IL to pick one up. A digital copy can also be found by clicking here. The Handbook lists the appointed
Boards, Committees, Commissions, and volunteer opportunities
available through the City of Geneva and gives an overview
of their respective responsibilities.
Thank you for your interest in serving
the City of Geneva.
Your time is valuable.
Your time invested in the governance of the City is invaluable.