Community Task Forces

Local governments often use a variety of Resident Advisory Groups to help complete the mission of the City. Advisory Groups are valuable to the City and the community.


  • Members are appointed by City Council or City Manager. 
  • Members may be residents and non-residents; including City staff and Board/Commission members, but may not include City Council members or other elected officials.
  • Every Task Force has a Staff Liaison appointed by the City Manager.
  • The Task Force chair and vice chair are appointed by the City Council or City Manager. Officers can be any Task Force member, including city staff or Staff Liaison.


  • Must use “Task Force” as part of the group title.
  • Task Forces have a limited lifespan and scope. They are formed to study a specific topic or activity, and typically last one year or less.
  • The primary deliverable is a report to the City Council or City Manager that includes findings and recommendations.  The City Manager will determine who will write the report (e.g. staff, consultant, or task force chair).
  •  Meetings of Task Forces are not considered public meetings unless designated as such by the City Council. The term “Public Meeting” refers to a meeting that is required to be open to the public by the state Open Meeting Law. Only public meetings require meeting notice and a record of meeting minutes. Citizen Advisory Groups or the City Council may at times invite or allow members of the public to attend meetings even if they are not a “public meeting.”  For example, a Task Force could choose to solicit feedback or hold an open house.