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Boards and Commissions

An important part of the City government's policy-making process is its various boards and commissions, which advise the City Council on vital public policy matters. Recruitments start generally in February or as needed. All of these hold regular public meetings. Positions on all boards and commissions are non-salaried. Further information regarding appointments to city boards and commissions may be obtained from Kathi Anderson, City Clerk at (425) 587-3197.

Find the current recruitment positions that are open.

The Civil Service Commission, required by law, oversees the hiring and disciplining of City police and fire personnel. It consists of three members, appointed by the City Manager to terms of six years. The regularly scheduled meeting is the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at Kirkland City Hall.

Staff Contact: Rod Lank (425) 587-3218

The Cultural Council was established November 2002 and was renamed in 2012 to the Cultural Arts Commission.  The Commission advises the City Council on public art acquisitions, including the City's "1% for art" program. In addition, and in consultation with the City Manager, the Commission promotes strategic planning and development for arts, culture, and heritage in the community.  The Commission's regular meeting is the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Kirkland City Hall.

Staff Contact: Lorrie McKay (425) 587-3009

The role of the DRB is to review and make decisions upon proposed development projects for compliance with City of Kirkland design regulations and guidelines in designated design districts.   The DRB may also advise the City Council and Planning Commission on City design policies and regulations.  The DRB meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Staff Contact:  Jeremy McMahan (425) 587-3229
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The Disability Board represents LEOFF 1 (Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters) members developing, amending and updating the policies and procedures relating to LEOFF 1 members.  The Board reviews, approves or denies payment of medical expenses, requests for pre-authorization of medical expenditures, disability leaves, and applications for retirement.

Staff Contact:  Betsy Reali (425) 587-3213

The Houghton Community Council is constituted differently and has a slightly different mission than City advisory boards and commissions. It consists of seven members, elected every four years from the area formerly designated as the Town of Houghton, which joined with Kirkland in August 1968. This body exercises both advisory and approval authority over most matters related to zoning regulations and land use within the Houghton area. No other board or commission in the city exercises jurisdictional authority. It meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Staff Contact: Adam Weinstein (425) 587-3227
Click here to view Houghton Community Council meeting Houghton Community Council Meeting Info

The Human Services Commission (HSC) advises the City Council on matters relating to the City's efforts to support a socially sustainable community through health and human services and programs; develops recommendations on funding priorities and policies; and reviews requests and provides recommendations for grant funding of human services. The HSC regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning in June, 2017.  

Staff Contact: Leslie Miller (425) 587-3322

The Kirkland Library Board was established in 1951 to act as a liaison between the City of Kirkland and the King County Library System. The board actively promotes the use of the library, encourages intellectual freedom by supporting the provision of the widest possible range of materials and promotes special programming that meets and challenges the interests of an inquisitive community.  The 2019 board meetings will be held in odd numbered months on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. as follows: January 9, May 8, and September 11 at the Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. The March 13, July 10, and November 13 meetings will be held at the Kingsgate Library Meeting Room, 12315 NE 143rd St.  Find out about library meeting information.  For additional information visit the King County Library System website

The Park Board advises the City Council on development, acquisitions, and operation of Kirkland's parks and recreational facilities. Its eight members are appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. The board's regular meeting is the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Staff Contact: Heather Lantz-Brazil: Email or (425) 587-3302

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan and land use regulations. The seven members are appointed by the Council to four-year terms. The Commission meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. It uses the professional staff services of the Planning and Community Development Department.

Staff Contact: Adam Weinstein (425) 587-3227
Click here to view Planning Commission meeting Planning Commission Meeting Info

The Salary Commission sets the salary of the members of the City Council. Applicants must not be an officer, official, or employee of the city, or an immediate family member.

Staff Contact: Kevin Raymond (425) 587-3031

The Tourism Development Committee is appointed by the Kirkland City Council for the purpose of advising the Council on allocating the lodging excise tax fund for tourism promotion and is comprised of seven voting members. Membership terms of the advisory committee are through June 30 of the year following appointment and are reviewed annually by the City Council. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m.

Staff Contact: Lorrie McKay (425) 587-3009

The role of the Transportation Commission will be to advise the City Council regarding planning and development of those transportation issues referred to them by the City Council. The Commission will also submit to the City Council, through the City Manager, recommendations for such other transportation issues of interest to the Commission, or associated with Council-directed items, as the Commission feels is advisable and meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Staff Contact: Joel Pfundt (425) 587-3865