Volunteer to be on a Town Board or Committee

The volunteer boards and committees in Lexington are vital to the running of our town. They provide a rich source of knowledge and expertise, expand the town's ability to research issues and best practices, and enhance the communication between residents and town staff and elected officials.

We're always looking for volunteers, both to put on our list of potential volunteers for future vacancies, as well as to fill vacancies as they occur. Most committee members are appointed for a term, which usually lasts between 1 and 3 years. Ad hoc committees have a specific goal, and disband after that goal is reached.

Information for Potential Committee Members

On each committee page there is information on the makeup of the committee, requirements for members, and the committee's "charge" - that is, the purpose of the group.

View the complete list of Committees with links to each Committee's web page.

Application Process

The Application Form is available online and at the Selectmen's and Town Manager's Offices. Applications are made available to the appointing authority, which varies by committee.

Please include information on your application that will make it possible to identify both your interests and your talents; for example:

  • professional and/or educational background
  • job history and responsibilities
  • community, civic, religious, cultural, service, athletic or other activities

Attaching your resume is requested and helpful.

Let us know if your interests are limited to a specific field or committee. You may want to attend a meeting and introduce yourself to the Chair. All committee meetings are open to the public and are posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting in our Public Meetings Calendar, in the Lexington Minuteman, in the Police Station lobby, and outside the Town Clerk's office on the first floor of the Town Office Building.  Names of chairs are available by following the Members link on the committee's webpage, or from the Town Clerk, Selectmen's Office, or Town Manager's Office.

Appointment

The following basic criteria guide appointing authorities in identifying applicants having the qualities and abilities that will facilitate the important and necessary work of a board, committee, or commission.

  • Applicants must live in, pay taxes to, or work in Lexington, or otherwise have a vested interest in the Lexington community. A few committees have a residency requirement, which is indicated on that committee’s web page.
  • Members of appointed committees should be people of competence, good will and sound, objective judgment. They should be sensitive to the long-term as well as immediate impact of their decisions and recommendations.
  • Members must be willing and able to devote the time and energy necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Membership on some committees requires particular expertise, which is described on an individual committee’s web page.

Some committees have associate, non-voting members as well as full members. On those committees, vacancies on the full committee are typically filled from the pool of associates.

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