Committees and Commissions

Role & Responsibilities
Commissions are a generic title for groups appointed by the Council to provide advice on policy matters to the Town Council. The term includes boards, commissions, advisory councils and committees, and others.

The responsibilities of the advisory commissions are:
  • To be available to the Town Council to research and recommend policy alternatives
  • To be available to staff to assist as volunteers in implementing the Town's policies and programs

Citizen advisory committees/commissions work closely with the staff liaisons.  The commissions do not have the authority to supervise or direct the work of staff. Assignments to staff are made through the Town Manager.

For more information, please access the Commissioner Handbook.

Establishment of Current Advisory Commissions

At its January 20, 1999 meeting, the Town Council approved and adopted Resolution 779-99, establishing the current advisory Commissions.

The annual Maddy Act Notice contains a current listing of Town positions: NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

In compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code 54972, the following Town of Windsor local appointments list shows all current members of the Citizen Commissions and Committees with the term expiration date, and the current membership requirements. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the Town limits, unless otherwise indicated in the notice to public.

Current Vacancies

Youth Commissioners Sought for Public Art Advisory Commission

The Town of Windsor is seeking applicants to serve as Youth Commissioners on the Public Art Advisory Commission for a term of one-year. There are two (2) seats available. Completed Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 1, 2022 to the Town Clerk's Office. For more information view the announcement. Announcement

Public Art Advisory Commission and Senior Citizen Advisory Commission

The Town of Windsor is seeking applicants on each of the following Town Commissions:

CommissionVacant SeatsTerm Expiration
Public Art Advisory Commission 
(Deadline Extension)
1 Vacant SeatDecember 2022
Senior Citizen Advisory Commission
(Deadline Extension)
2 Vacant SeatsDecember 2022

Completed Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 1, 2022 to the Town Clerk's Office. For more information view the announcement. Announcement

Application Forms

Commission Application
New! Online Commission Application Form

Town Commissions

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council and the Parks and Recreation Director to support the Parks and Recreation Department in “Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs.” Responsibilities include being available to the Town Council to research and recommend policy alternatives pertaining to the Town’s Parks and Recreation policies; and to be available to staff to assist as volunteers in implementing the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department budget goals. The Parks and Recreation Commission meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., in the Windsor Civic Center Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor, CA or via Zoom. In addition, special meetings may be held on an as needed basis. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Jon Davis at (707) 838-1268.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission fulfills duties prescribed under State law and consistent with policies established by the Town Council. Some of those duties include acting on general planning and zoning related matters, perform design review functions, and serving in an advisory capacity to the Town Council with regard to issues related to the General Plan, Specific Plans, and other land use matters.  Planning Commissioners also have an obligation to attend Planning Commission meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m., in the Windsor Civic Center Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor, CA or via Zoom. In addition, special meetings may also be held at which their attendance is required. For more information, contact Community Development Director Patrick Streeter at (707) 838-1000.

Public Art Advisory Commission

The Public Art Advisory Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council and the Parks and Recreation Director, or their designee, to support the Town by establishing Windsor as an art destination that raises the potential for education, innovation, collaborative community engagement and cultural exploration. Commissioners must be 18 years of age or older and must reside in Sonoma County, with a preference of residing within the Town of Windsor. The Public Art Advisory Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m., in the Windsor Civic Center Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor, CA. For more information, contact Parks and Facilities Manager Olivia Lemen at (707) 838-5383.

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission

The Senior Citizen Advisory Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council to support the recreation programs and services offered to senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Commissioners must be comprised of Senior Citizens, as defined by Town Council as permitted in the Agreement and CC&R’s, as a person aged 50 or older, and their guests, their spouses, their co-habitants, or persons aged 45 or older who are providing primary physical or economic support for such person. The Senior Citizen Advisory Commission meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the months of January, April, July and October at 2:00 p.m., in the Windsor Civic Center, Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor, CA. In addition, special meetings may be held on an as needed basis. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Jon Davis at (707) 838-1268.

Other Committees and Commissions Appointed by Town Council

Sonoma County Library Commission

The Sonoma County Library Commission serves as a resource and liaison to the Board of Supervisors, the Director of County Library Services, and the community, to find ways and means of enlisting public interest in supporting and improving Library services. The Town’s Commissioner must be 18 years of age or older and must reside within Town limits. Preference for the appointment will be given to a person with a strong interest in the development and support of the Sonoma County Library and has the ability and time to participate effectively in Commission activities and decision making. The Commissioners term would begin on August 1, 2022 and would expire two years later. If an appointee is reappointed, the term would expire four years from the date of reappointment, subject to Town Council approval. The Sonoma County Library Commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the appointment and the Sonoma County Library Commission, please contact the Commission Secretary at 707-545-0831.

How To Apply for Commission Seats

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the Town limits, unless otherwise as indicated above.

Applications may be requested by contacting the Town Clerk’s Office via email at townclerk@townofwindsor.com, by calling (707) 838-5315 or can be found on the Town’s website at: Committee or Commission Application Form.

Completed applications for these vacancies must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by the indicated deadline on the Public Notice. Applications can be submitted online, via email at townclerk@townofwindsor.com or mailed at Town Hall, PO Box 100, Windsor, CA 95492. Applications mailed to Town Hall must be postmarked by the deadline. If you have any questions regarding this application, please call (707) 838-5315.