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City Boards and Commission vacancies offer opportunities for citizens to serve

Tuesday, April 29

Deadline for applications June 13


One of the most overlooked ways a civic-minded Spartanburg resident can choose to get involved in shaping the future of our city is by serving on one of our City Boards and Commissions. Maybe you're a local architect interested in helping to preserve historic homes, or perhaps you're a member of one of the city's neighborhood watch organizations, and you'd like to help influence crime prevention efforts citywide.


Whatever the case, odds are there's a City Board or Commission that could use your input, and with vacancies to be filled in a wide variety of areas, now would be a great time to step up and help us continue to improve our great city. Check out some of the opportunities to serve listed below.


Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee – 2 vacancies

Purpose: To make recommendations on the expenditure or revenues generated from the Accommodations Tax. A majority of the members must be selected from the hospitality industry. Two of these members must be from the lodging industry. One member must represent the cultural organizations of the City.

Term: 4 years

Meetings: On call as required

Contact: Kathy Hill, Community Services Coordinator – 596-2905


Airport Advisory Committee  – 2 vacancies

Purpose: The Airport Advisory Committee provides advice to the City Airport Director, City Manager, and City Council on issues affecting the airport.

Term: 3 years

Membership: Five member board

Meetings: On call as required

Contact: Darwin Simpson, Airport Director – 574-8552


Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission – 4 vacancies

Purpose: Established by City Council & County Council to serve as Approval Board for all activities of the Commission. Participates in planning procedures by giving advice from professional, administrative & financial perspectives.

Term: 5 years

Membership: Ten members - City Council appoints five members & County Council appoints five members. City Council appointed members may not be reappointed to a second term.

Meetings: Third Monday, every other month.

Contact: Mardy Wall, SADAC – 582-7588


Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review – 3 vacancies

Purpose: Responsible for administering and enforcing provisions of the Architectural Design & Historic Review Ordinance.

Term: 3 years with no member serving more than two consecutive terms. Former members may be reappointed after the expiration of two-(2) years. Members must be residents of the City of Spartanburg.

Membership: Nine City residents, including a professional architect and historian at all times.

Meetings: If business is received, second Thursday of every month, 5:30 p.m., City Hall

Contact: Planning Coordinator Josh Henderson – 596-2069


Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals – 2 vacancies

Purpose: Consider appeals of decisions of the City's Building Inspections Department and Fire Department. 

Term: 3 years

Membership: Nine members. The Board shall be comprised of individuals with knowledge and experience in technical codes such as design professionals, contractors or building industry representatives. Two such board members should consist of one member at large from the building industry and one member at large from the public.

Meetings: On call as required

Contact: Building Official Buddy Bush – 596-2111


Housing Authority – 1 vacancy

Purpose: To operate the City Housing Authority, including but not limited to the making of rules, regulations, filing applications for and constructing facilities as approved by City Council in accordance with State Law. 

Term: 5 years

Membership: Seven members. One member must be a resident of an Authority-owned property.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Ed Memmott, City Manager – 596-2026


Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals – 2 vacancies

Purpose: To hear appeals from the Code Enforcement Division of the Community Services Department regarding housing code and nuisance ordinance violations.

Term: 3 years

Membership: Five members

Meetings: On call as needed

Contact: Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director – 596-2785


Public Safety Committee – 5 vacancies

Purpose: Develop, promote and support programs and efforts of the Public Safety Department.

Term: 3 years

Membership: 12 members, must be city residents.

Meetings: First Monday of each month, September through May, with additional special meetings as needed.

Contact: Col. Jennifer Kindall – 596-2820


Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Commission – 1 vacancy

Term: 4 years

Membership: 2 members

Contact: Mayor Junie White – 596-2019


Storm Water Appeals Board – 3 vacancies

Purpose: To hear appeals to stop work order permit revocation for specific storm water utility projects

Term: 3 years

Membership: 5 members, must be city residents.

Contact: Josh Henderson, City Planning Coordinator – 596-2069


Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals – 1 vacancy

Purpose: Consider appeals for parties aggrieved by the zoning administrator or those seeking a variance of special exception to the zoning ordinance.

Term: 3 years

Members: Seven members. Must be a City resident.

Meetings: If business is received, second Tuesday of each month, 5:15 p.m., City Hall

City Staff Contact: Josh Henderson, City Planning Coordinator – 596-2069


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