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Posted on: March 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City Seeks Applicants for Open Boards & Commissions Positions

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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 April 15, 2019. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Fair Hearing Officer – 1 Position

Responsibilities: Review any dissatisfaction stemming from any action concerning applicants for general assistance.  Decisions must be in accordance with applicable State Laws and City Ordinances.  The Fair Hearing Officer is required to render a written decision regarding the outcome of a hearing within five working days. In addition, serve as a hearing officer as needed for administrative hearings established by City ordinance, including for example, taxi licensing violations.   

Qualifications: Ability to conduct hearings with a five-day notice.

Ability to be fair, impartial, unbiased, and have no personal or financial interest, direct or indirect, in the hearing or its outcome. The Fair Hearing Officer is scheduled to attend hearings on an as-needed basis.

CDBG Allocation Committee - 3 Positions

The City of Portland receives approximately $2.1 million annually of federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Community Development Block Grant.  This group’s task will be to review and score funding applications for the CDBG program, and make recommendations to the City Council for the allocation of CDBG resources. 

Responsibilities: Thoroughly review and score each funding application based upon identified priorities and agreed upon scoring criteria. As a result of deliberation and scoring, make recommendations for resource allocations to the City Manager and to the City Council, both in writing and in person at a scheduled Council Meeting. 

Qualifications: The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded and analytical. Background or knowledge of accounting or finance a plus. In order to minimize conflict of interest, no staff, board members, contractors or anyone receiving financial gain from an applicant’s proposal can participate on this committee.

Landbank - 2 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.

Portland Housing Authority - 3 Position

The Portland Housing Authority was established in 1943 to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income citizens of the Greater Portland area. Today, it owns and manages twelve housing developments totaling 1,038 units, serving families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.  This locally owned program operates with an annual $5.6 million dollar budget.  In addition, the Authority administers the HUD Leased Housing Program that provides rent subsidies in the private market for qualified applicants.  This program currently provides approximately 2,100 Section 8 vouchers to low-income residents and operates with an annual contract authority over $14 million dollars.  Together these programs provide assistance to over 6,000 residents, which equal roughly 10% of Portland’s population.  The Authority employs over 90 people to manage and operate these programs. 

Parks Commission - 2 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.

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee - 1 Position

The City is recruiting for the Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) of the Civil Service Commission.  The PCRS reviews the process of police internal investigations of citizens’ complaints against police officers, solicits public input on the police citizen complaint process, reports to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issues recommendations for improving the internal affairs investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process.

Qualifications:  The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded, analytical and of good moral character.


  • Presently employed by the City, or employed within the previous ten years;
  • Present member of the City Council, or a member within the previous ten years;
  • Immediate family member is a Portland police officer or has been within the previous ten years;
  • Applicant or a member of his/her immediate family member has been arrested by the Portland police within the previous ten years, or the final disposition of any resulting criminal proceedings has been in the previous ten years, whichever is longer;
  • Applicant or an immediate family member has filed a complaint with the IA unit of the Portland Police Department within the previous ten years; and
  • Applicant or a member of his/her immediate family has sued the City of Portland, the Chief of Police, the Portland Police Department, or any Portland police officer within the last ten years.

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 to 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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