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City Boards and Commission vacancies provide opportunity for citizens to serve

Wednesday, May 29

24 vacancies waiting to be filled


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 a local cycling enthusiast who'd like to have a say in expanding opportunities for our citizens to get active. 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 a total of 24 vacancies, now would be a great time to step up and help us continue to improve our great city. Check out some of the great opportunities to serve listed below.


Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee – 3 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 

City Staff contact: Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director – 596-2052 


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.

City Staff contact: Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director – 596-2052


Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review – 2 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: Second Thursday of every month, 5:30 p.m., City Hall

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


Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee – 1 vacancy

Purpose: Established in 2011, the Commission consists of local residents appointed by City Council who advise the City on local pedestrian and bicycling issues. Its goal is to improve bicycling and walking opportunities, engagement, infrastructure, and marketing throughout the City.

Term: 3 years

Membership: Seven members. All should either be a City resident or have a significant business interest in the City.

Meetings: Every other month at the CoffeeBar. Dates vary.

Contact: Laura Ringo, Executive Director, Partners for Active Living – 598-9638


Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals – 4 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 the 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

City Staff 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. One member must be a resident of an Authority-owned property.

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.


Planning Commission – 4 vacancies

Purpose: Review rezoning petitions, subdivision plats and text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. Also prepares and updates the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Term: 4 years

Membership: Seven, plus the City Manager. Members must be City residents.

Meetings: Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., City Hall

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


Public Safety Committee – 3 vacancies

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

Term: 3 years

Membership: Must be a City resident.

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

City Staff Contact: Col. Jennifer Kindall – 596-2820


Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals – 2 vacancies

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: Second Tuesday of each month, 5:15 p.m., City Hall

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