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Posted on: April 24, 2018

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available in the City Clerk’s office, on the City’s website or at 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is May 4, 2018. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or klj@portlandmaine.gov. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.


Civil Service Commission -  2 positions


Employment Subcommittee

The Employment Subcommittee has three Commissioners and one alternate.  The Employment Subcommittee approves written examinations for Civil Service testing and other elements of the testing process such as fitness and medical and job suitability exams, participates in oral interviews with candidates, and may hold hearings on discipline cases.

Qualifications: A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character.  Although a familiarity with employment practices and the legal process would be helpful, they are not required.  What is necessary is a desire to be involved in a critical but background role, a capacity for objective judgments, and good communication skills.

Disqualifications: 

(1) Any present or former employee of the city, who was employed by the city within the previous ten (10) years;

(2) Any present or former member of the City Council, who has held that position in the previous ten (10) years; or

(3) Any civil service commissioner who has completed three (3) consecutive full terms of three (3) years as provided in Chapter 2, Article III.

The Employment Subcommittee also has the following prohibition: any relative of a present member of the police or fire departments.


Landbank - 3 positions

The Land Bank Commission is responsible for identifying and protecting open space resources within the City of Portland. The Commission seeks to preserve a balance between development and conservation of open space important for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic or outdoor recreational values. The Commission responsibilities include: working for the acquisition and conservation of open space within the City; recommending to the City Council on a priority basis acquisition or conservation of significant properties; and the pursuit of gifts and funds from private and public sources for the acquisition of open space as approved by the City Council. The Commission has developed an inventory of open space resources within the City. It is engaged in an ongoing effort to proactively protect properties from development through easement, deed restriction, or acquisition.


Responsibilities: Pursue funding resources for the acquisition of open space; create an inventory of open space property in the city and make recommendations for the protection and/or acquisition of open space that is environmentally significant.


Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 P.M.


Parks Commission - 5 positions

The commission meets with director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities to review projects and proposals. The commission also receives citizen input to provide recommendations to the director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the City Council.  Members must live in Portland.


Pesticide Management Advisory Committee – 6 positions

In January, 2018 the Portland City Council passed the City of Portland Pesticide Use Ordinance (Chapter 34 of City Code) that prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides on public and private property except in limited circumstances. This ordinance establishes organic land care methods as the primary means to care for and maintain property in the City of Portland including lawns, gardens, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds.


To support the implementation and administration of this ordinance the City Council established the Pesticide Management Advisory Committee (PMAC). Duties of this committee include:


  • Advising the Sustainability Coordinator and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee about implementation of the ordinance and recommended amendments
  • Implementing an ongoing education and outreach program in coordination with the Sustainability Coordinator that will inform residents, property owners, and landscaping companies about the ordinance and ways to manage their property organically.
  • Creating an annual report about the ordinance to the Sustainability and Transportation Committee
  • Hearing and ruling on waivers submitted by property owners who believe they have an emergency situation on their property that requires the use of synthetic pesticide to remedy.


The following Board members are needed for the Pesticide Management Advisory Committee

 1 – Agronomist

1 – Northeast Organic Farming Association certified

1 -  Maine Board of Pesticides Licensed Applicator

1 – Resident of Portland with Organic Experience in Land care management

2  - Residents of Portland


Police Citizen Review Subcommittee - 1 position

The Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) is a subcommittee of the Civil Service Commission.  The PCRS has six commissioners and one alternate.  The PCRS will review the process of police investigations of citizens’ complaints, solicit public input on the police citizen complaint process, report to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issue recommendations for improving the police investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process.


Qualifications: A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character.  Ability to be analytical and objective.  Good communication skills.


Disqualifications: 

(1) Any present or former employee of the city, who was employed by the city within the previous ten (10) years;

(2) Any present or former member of the City Council, who has held that position in the previous ten (10) years; or

(3) Any civil service commissioner who has completed three (3) consecutive full terms of three (3) years as provided in Chapter 2, Article III.


Portland Public Art - 3 positions

The Portland Public Art Committee is responsible for administering the Public Art Program to preserve, restore and enhance the City-owned public art collection. The Committee develops and presents to the City Council an Annual Art Plan that recommends expenditures from the municipal percent-for-art allocation, reviews potential gifts of art to the City’s collection according the Guidelines for the Public Art Ordinance, seeks private donations to care for the public art collection, and recommends appropriate locations for the installation of permanent public art.  Members must live or work in Portland.  Experience, training or expertise in one of the following disciplines is desirable: architecture or landscape architecture, accomplishment as an artist, art curator, commercial real estate or development, and/or experience with foundations and development.  Members are appointed to three-year terms.

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