Role of Committees

How Boards, Committees & Commissions Work

The City of Bowie appoints civic minded citizens as volunteers to boards, committees, and commissions. These individuals offer a wide range of experience, interests, and expertise in their service as members of public bodies. Members are appointed for two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms.

Each board, committee, or commission has a specific statement of purpose and function. They meet periodically, usually once a month, and serve as volunteers without compensation. While members work directly for the City Council, assistance and support are provided by the City Clerk's Office and staff liaisons.

Role of the City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk's Office coordinates appointments and reappointments. Minutes of board, committee, and commission meetings are kept in the City Clerk's Office. The City Clerk's Office also maintains rosters of all boards, committees and commissions.

Role of the Staff Liaison

The City Manager's Office coordinates all staff activities for boards, committees, and commissions. The City Manager is represented at all meetings by a staff liaison who is appointed by and responsible to the City Manager, through the appropriate department head.

The primary role of the staff liaison is to provide technical support to the board, committee, or commission. The staff liaison works with the City Clerk to facilitate the flow of information between the City Council and the board, committee, or commission. The staff liaison is responsible for keeping the City Manager informed of all board, committee or commission activities.

The staff liaison may assist in a variety of ways; however, the staff liaison is not an employee of the board, committee, or commission.

The staff liaison's responsibilities may include:
  • Informing the members of items of interest
  • Providing information on City Council items or decisions that are of interest to its members
  • Providing technical and clerical assistance (i.e. copying, preparing meeting agendas, requesting information from city departments, etc.)