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We have a number of Citizen Boards and Advisory Committees organized by category below. Click on a committee/board to get more information such as meeting notices, agendas and minutes, and board member rosters.

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Council Members and the Mayor appoint Boards and Commissions members that help guide city functions. Although there is no formal application process, you may show interest in a board or committee by filling out the Boards and Commissions Application Form.pdf

 

 Government

 
  
Board of Bids & Contracts
Since its inception, the development of the Board of Bids and Contracts has focused a large portion of the responsibility for purchases where the statutory limitation applies and formal bid procedures are followed. It is, therefore, necessary to thoroughly examine the policies and procedures of the Board of Bids and Contracts before a complete understanding of the purchasing process of the City of Wichita can be achieved.
City Council

​The Council establishes policy direction for the City by enacting ordinances, laws, policies, adopting the budget, levying taxes, and appointing members to citizen advisory boards and commisions.

City Manager's Review Board
The City Manager's Review Board hears appeals and reviews police activity in order to advise the City Manager of its findings and recommendations. After receiving the findings and recommendations, the City Manager issues a final administrative determination.
Cultural Funding Committee

The Cultural Funding Committee is a sub-committee of the Arts Council, Inc. The committee is charged with reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the Wichita City Council on the various City of Wichita cultural arts grant applications.​

Design Council

The Design Council is a 15-member board that makes recommendations on the incorporation of art and aesthetic design on public improvements. The Design Council further makes recommendations to the Humanities and to the City Council on the selection and promotion of public art.

District I Advisory Board
The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
District II Advisory Board
The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
District III Advisory Board

The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.​

District IV Advisory Board
The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
District V Advisory Board
The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
District VI Advisory Board
The District Advisory Boards provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
Library Board

The Wichita Public Library Board of Directors is composed of fourteen members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Board oversees the administration and operation of the library system in accordance with the department’s mission of providing collections and services that inform, entertain and enrich the quality of life in Wichita.

Wichita Sister Cities

The Wichita Area Sister Cities Board is a non-profit organization whose members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council members. The members are lovers of cultural exchange, sharing common enjoyment from our sister cities and their heritage and people.​

Wichita-Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board
The mission of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board is to enhance the community by the contributions of persons with disabilities; to make a positive difference in their relationship with the City of Wichita and businesses that serve it by working toward providing access to facilities, programs, and employment, enabling persons with disabilities to participate in the social and economic life of the City, thereby achieving maximum personal independence.
 

 Building & Construction

 
  
Board of Appeals of Plumbers & Gas Fitters
The Plumbing Board provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Plumbing Codes; plumbing installations, construction & remodeling; and contractor licensing.
Board of Code Standards and Appeals
The BCSA provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Building Code, building construction & remodeling, contractor licensing, dangerous building condemnation and demolition, and neighborhood code enforcement matters.
Board of Electrical Appeals
The Board of Electrical Appeals provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Electrical and Elevator Codes; electrical installations, construction & remodeling; and contractor licensing.
Mechanical Board
The Mechanical Board provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Mechanical Codes; mechanical installations, construction & remodeling; and contractor licensing.
 

 Environment & Recreation

 
  
Arkansas River Advisory Committee
The Arkansas River Advisory Committee provides a two-way communication link to the diverse elements within the community and river basin; serves as a liaison to organizations or interest groups; assists in building a consensus for the various programs that will be initiated to reduce pollution in the river; assists in the review and implementation of a public education program; provides input on the development of a long range River improvement plan; examines issues relating to building partnerships with various stakeholders impacting the River Quality; identifies and evaluates Best Management Practices information; develops effective legislative support for Arkansas River initiatives; and performs in other advisory capacities.
Park Board
This seven-member advisory Board makes recommendations to the City Council on issues related to parks; land acquisition and disposition of existing park properties and facilities; recreation programming; fees; the Park & Recreation Department's Budget and Capital Improvement Program Budget; future park development; and other issues related to parks and recreation.
Stormwater Advisory Board
The board will conduct meetings to discuss matters pertaining to Stormwater management policies and procedures within the City of Wichita. This is an open board and all meetings are open to the public.
 

 Planning

 
  
Advance Plans Committee
The purpose of the Advance Plans Committee is to provide guidance to the Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD) staff in developing, formulating and considering projections, forecasts, goals and objectives, proposals, plans and policies that affect the long term physical, social and economic character of the planning area.
Historic Preservation Board
The Historic Preservation Board is responsible for recommending properties to the Wichita City Council for designation as historic landmarks and districts, reviewing proposed alterations to locally designated historical properties, and reviewing proposed changes to the “environs” of state and nationally registered properties.
Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
The MAPC is composed of fourteen volunteer members, with an equal appointment distribution between the Wichita City Council and Board of Sedgwick County Commission. They hold public hearings and make recommendations to the governing bodies concerning zoning, subdivision applications, and other development related issues; are responsible for developing and maintaining the Comprehensive Plan for Wichita and Sedgwick County.
Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District

The Self Support Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Advisory Board works in partnership with the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation in the development of Downtown. Members own or represent owners of property within the SSMID. The WDDC Board provides recommendations to the City Council for consideration.

Subdivision Committee
The purpose of the Subdivision Committee is to make recommendations to the MAPC on matters related to subdivision rules and regulations, approval of preliminary and final plats, vacations, dedications, access control issues, and other land development issues.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals
As of January 1, 2013 the City of Wichita Board of Zoning Appeals and Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals are combined into the Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals. Members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission now also serve as members of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews requests for variances from the specific requirements of the zoning and sign codes, and reviews appeals from the zoning administrator’s interpretation of the zoning code.
 

 Retirement

 
  
Police and Fire Board Retirement System of Wichita, Kansas, Board of Trustees

The Police and Fire Retirement Board of Trustees is responsible for the direction and operation of the Retirement System. The Board establishes rules and regulations for the administration of the System, and is charged with the responsibility of implementing retirement ordinance provisions. The Board hires various consultants to advise the Board on investments, legal matters and to provide actuarial services. The Board monitors investments and performance, approves employee retirement activity, oversees the preparation of financial statements and the annual actuarial valuation process, and has authority to change actuarial assumptions and the investment policy in accordance with the governing ordinance. The Board also elects members to serve on the Joint Investment Committee. This Committee is charged with employing investment managers and a custodial bank to invest and maintain custody of Retirement System assets. The Board of Trustees is comprised of sixteen members, seven of which are individually appointed by the City Council. Appointed members serve two-year terms ending on June 30. The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The annual Board meeting is in January.

Wichita Employees' Retirement System, Board of Trustees

The Wichita Employees’ Retirement Board of Trustees is responsible for the direction and operation of the Retirement System. The Board establishes rules and regulations for the administration of the System, and is charged with the responsibility of implementing retirement ordinance provisions. The Board hires various consultants to advise the Board on investments, legal matters and to provide actuarial services. The Board monitors investments and performance, approves employee retirement activity, oversees the preparation of financial statements and the annual actuarial valuation process, and has authority to change actuarial assumptions and the investment policy in accordance with the governing ordinance. The Board also elects members to serve on the Joint Investment Committee. This Committee is charged with employing investment managers and a custodial bank to invest and maintain custody of Retirement System assets. The Board of Trustees is comprised of sixteen members, seven of which are individually appointed by the City Council. Appointed members serve two-year terms ending on June 30. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month. The annual Board meeting is in September.

 

 Transportation

 
  
Wichita Airport Advisory Board
The purpose of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the City Council and City Manager on matters of policy and strategic long-term development issues affecting municipally-owned and operated airports.
Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

The Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board advises the City Council and City staff on issues related to bicycling and walking.

Wichita Transit Advisory Board
The Wichita Transit Advisory Board was created to advise the city council on recommendations from Wichita Transit for service improvements. Board members are appointed by members of the City Council. The mission of this board is to create a new vision for Wichita Transit that will work for the community at large, a vision that the community can get excited about, and a vision that will raise Wichita's transit system to be a first-class system able to compete with other cities our size.
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