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Boards, Commissions and Committees

A description of the appointment process and a list of all active boards.

The City of Newport News has over 350 citizens who serve on nearly 45 boards, commissions, and committees. Those boards provide a wide variety of valuable technical, advisory, administrative, and judicial services to the City and its residents. Also included are regional boards and authorities which provide specific administrative direction to service providers on the Peninsula and in Hampton Roads in fields ranging from mental health and medical care, to transportation, education, and recreation.

The Appointment Process

Appointments to the various boards, commissions and committees are made by the Newport News City Council on a quarterly basis. The length of term for committee appointees varies from one to five years.

The City Charter establishes a maximum length of service in that no member of a City board or commission may serve continuously for more than ten years. Regional boards are in accordance with State law.

To be appointed to a board, commission or committee in Newport News, one must be a resident of Newport News, submit to a background check and be approved by a member of the City Council and approved by a simple majority vote of Council members. Generally, this voting process is accomplished by voice vote. The appointment process is as follows:

  • A citizen expresses an interest in serving on a board, commission or committee to the City Clerk or a Council member.
  • To have an application mailed or faxed to you or to determine when vacancies occur on boards, commissions and committees, call the Office of the City Clerk at (757) 926-8634.
  • The citizen completes a Board Bank application (PDF) and returns it to the City Clerk's Office, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607, (757) 926-8599 (fax) or completes it online and submits electronically.

  • Following appointment to a board, commission or committee, the individual is notified in writing of the appointment, along with the length of term, expiration date, and instructions to take an oath of office, if necessary.

The Board Bank application (PDF) is available in PDF format. You must have a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, installed on your PC to view or print a document in PDF format. If you do not have a PDF viewer installed, you may download Adobe Acrobat Reader free.

Active Boards

Announcement of Board Bank Vacancies

Newport News City Council is looking for qualified candidates to serve on boards, committees and commissions.

Vacancies are available on the following:

  • Board of Appeals
  • Commission on Youth
  • Finance Board
  • Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board
  • Human Service Advisory Board
  • Newport News Human Rights
  • Newport News Mayor's Committee on Disabilities
  • Newport News Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Newport News School Board Retirees Local Finance Board
  • Newport News Wetlands Board
  • Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Peninsula Institute for Community Health
  • USS Newport News Liaison Committee
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Office of the City Clerk
City of Newport News
2400 Washington Avenue, 9th Floor
Newport News, Virginia 23607

Phone: (757) 926-8634
Fax: (757) 926-8599

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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