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Boards & Commissions

The City of Auburn has several volunteer Citizens Boards, Commissions and Committees that advise the Mayor and City Council in certain areas of government and policy issues.

Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees are made by the Mayor and in some instances require confirmation by the City Council.

Arts Commission
(Chapter 2.84 Auburn City Code)
Within its funds appropriation, the Arts Commission may, alone or in cooperation with any other private, civic or public body of any city, county or the State of Washington, initiate, sponsor or conduct programs calculated to further public awareness of and interest in the visual, cultural and performing arts.

Members: 12

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings of the Commission are held bi-monthly at 4:30 PM at One East Main in Conference Room 1 located on the second floor. Please view the Public Meetings Calendar for exact dates.

Current Members:
Charlotte Gollnick
Jan Jensen
Heather Longhurst
Donna Smart
Nancy Colson
Kenneth Watson
Cary Davidson
Kelley Kuhlman
Anne Baunach
Sirichanh Sisavatdy
Amy Sie
Eydie Leighty

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Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers
(Chapter 2.98 Auburn City Code)
The City of Auburn established the Business Improvement Area (BIA) to aid development of the Central Business District and facilitate merchant and business cooperation to improve trade. The Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers reviews and evaluates the administration of the BIA by the Auburn Downtown Association. 

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: Owners or operators of businesses located within the Business Improvement Area and whose businesses are subject to assessments.

Meetings: Regular meetings of the BIA Committee are held the second Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM in Auburn City Hall Council Chambers. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:

Kelly Gordon
Giovanni DiQuattro
Ronnie Roberts
Darren Jones
Bill Cowart
Bob Klontz
Megan White (alternate)
Ruth Niel-Stover (alternate)
Cemetery Board
(Chapter 2.72 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on policy matters relating to long range planning, capital improvements, fee structure, cemetery expansion, rules and regulations, and budget for the cemetery.

Members: 5

Term: 5 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings of the Board are held the second Tuesday of each even-numbered month at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery located at 2020 Mountain View Drive, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Robert Rakos
Arnie Galli
Judi Roland
Warren Olson
Jeanne Hicks
Civil Service Commission
(Chapter 2.57 Auburn City Code and RCW 41.08 and 41.12)
The Civil Service Commission adopts rules and regulations, consistent with State law, for the examination, appointment, demotion, transfer, and promotion of uniformed (Police and Fire) personnel. The Commission hears and determines complaints and appeals.

Members: 3

Term: 6 years

Member Requirements: A member must be a resident of the city for at least three years and a registered voter.

Meetings: Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM in Conference Room 2, located on the second floor of Auburn City Hall.

Current Members:

Terry Hurlbut
David Menke
Heidi Harris

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Human Services Committee
(Chapter 2.36 Auburn City Code)
Makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the allocation of and application for grant funds to be used for community development. The Committee assists the Mayor and City Council in identifying local social service needs and recommends priorities to meet those needs.

Members: 9

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 PM at Auburn City Hall - Council Conference Room. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
​Maryelyn Scholz
JoAnne Walters
Jason Berry
Dana Riel
Cecila Brugger
Barbara Derda
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Independent Salary Commission
The purpose of the Independent Salary Commission is to review and establish the salaries of the members of the City Council. The salary authority of the Independent Salary Commission includes all compensation that may be paid to or received by councilmembers, whether or not it is identified as salary.

Members: 5

Term:
4 years (no more than two terms)

Member Requirements: Must be a r
egistered voter and resident of the City of Auburn.

Meetings:
The commission meets April 30th of each year and at least once a year to consider whether to review and/or adjust existing City Council salaries. 

Current Members:
Terry Hurlbut
Ronnie Beyersdorf
Isaiah Johnson
Nancy Colson
Vacant
Junior City Council
(Chapter 2.07 Auburn City Code)
The Auburn City Council created the Junior City Council in order to get advice and ideas from students on things like parks, recreation, entertainment, traffic, police, festivals, trails, environmental stewardship and other social issues. Students will learn leadership skills, improve their chances for scholarships, learn how City government operates, and see how they can influence government activities in order to make a positive difference in the community. 

Members: 9 (with 9 alternates) 

Term: 2 years

Member Requirements: The members of the Council must be from middle schools and high schools within the city limits. One (1) member can be from other schools located outside of the City, as long they are an Auburn resident.

Meetings: Regular meetings are held the first Monday of each month in Council Chambers located on the first floor of Auburn City Hall at 5:00 PM. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Brandon Berend
Diego Izquierdo
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Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC)

(Chapter 2.76 Auburn City Code)
The LTAC Committee advises the Mayor and City Council relating to the imposition of the lodging tax, any increases in the amount imposed, and its use to accommodate activities for tourism.

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: The Board consists of one elected official and an equal number of members each from representatives of businesses required to collect the tax and those persons involved in activities to be funded by revenue received through the tourism tax.

Meetings: Regular meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of April and November. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Reggie Matto
Andy Cho
Bob Fraser
Christian Faltenberger
Susan Roberts
Aman Ghag
Vacant

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Municipal Airport Advisory Board
(Chapter 2.33 Auburn City Code)
Advises the City Council regarding the operation of the Auburn Municipal Airport, including master planning, facilities improvements, leasing, rental fees and other aviation concerns. 

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: The Board is required to meet at least once a quarter. The Board may hold additional meetings as needed that will be published in advance. Board meetings begin at 7:30 AM and are held at the Airport Office, Conference Room, 2143 E ST NE, Auburn, WA 98002. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Mark Kornei
John Theisen
Danielle Butsick
Sean Morrow
Wayne Osborne
Deanna Clark
Vacant

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Parks and Recreation Board
(Chapter 2.42 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on planning, development, acquisition and management of City parks, recreation facilities and programs.

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Council Meeting of each month at 5:30 PM at the Auburn Community & Event Center located at 910 9th ST SE, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Bailey Stober
James Jeyaraj
Michael Palko-Dean
Michael Hassen
Wayne Osborne
Lisa Russell
Vacant

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Planning Commission
(Chapter 2.45 Auburn City Code)
Conducts initial review and public hearings on Comprehensive Plan and text amendments, area-wide zoning and rezoning, and zoning text amendments. The Commission's recommendations are forwarded to the City Council for review and final decision.

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Council Meeting of each month in the Council Chambers located on the first floor of Auburn City Hall at 7:00 PM. The Commission conducts a study session from 6:30 to 7:00 PM prior to the regular meeting. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Judi Roland
Phillip Stephens
Ronald Copple
Joan Mason
Sunil Khanal
Daniel Shin
Dimitri Moutzouris
Tourism Board
(Chapter 2.77 of Auburn City Code)
The board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council, as the tourism board, to be distinguished from the city's lodging tax advisory committee, established by city ordinance codified under Chapter  2.76 ACC, and pursuant to RCW 67.28.1817. (Ord. 6041 § 1, 2006.)

The tourism board is created to assist the City Council formulate strategies for tourism-related activities, projects and programs geared to promote the City of Auburn as a tourist destination, and enhance the ability of local businesses to serve the needs of tourists and the tourist industry in Auburn.

Members: 10

Term: Unspecified

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM at Auburn City Hall in Council Chambers. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Julie Krueger
Ronnie Roberts
Malia Dale
Rachael McAlister
Lara Mae Chollette
Karrie Schofield
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Transportation Advisory Board
(Chapter 2.94 Auburn City Code)
The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) replaces the Transportation, Transit and Trails Committee.

The TAB meetings are facilitated by a Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson elected by the TAB members. The TAB is an advisory only body meaning that it doesn't have independent decision-making ability. However, as a broad-based group of stakeholders, the TAB serves a critical role in giving the Mayor, Council and staff invaluable community perspective that will help shape current and future policy and financial decisions affecting transportation in our community.

Members: 15

Term: Unspecified

Member Requirements: One representative from the Auburn School District; one representative from Green River College; 1 representative from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce; one representative from the Auburn Downtown Association; one representative from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe; two local business representatives; one bicycling community representative; one high school student representative; one senior citizen representative; three citizens at large selected to maximize geographical representation; one American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility advocacy group representative; and one transit users group representative. 

Meetings: Regular Meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of every third month. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Dezerae Hayes
Jeanette Miller
Dennis Grad
Peter Di Turi
Roger Gillette
Sarah Shaw
David Jensen
Steve Carstens
Pamela Gunderson
Michael Harbin Jr
Ronald Riley
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Urban Tree Board
(Chapter 2.43 Auburn City Code)
Through education and involvement, the Tree Board of the City of Auburn provides information and advocacy for "choosing the right tree for the right place," helping Citizens understand the value of proper pruning techniques and in managing an urban forest that is ever changing and needs to fit into the environment of this community. Board emphasis is on trees in public rights-of-way and on City-owned property.

Members: 7

Term: 3 years

Member Requirements: None

Meetings: Regular meetings of the Board are held the first Tuesday following the first Council meeting of the month in the Parks Admin Building at 910 9th St. SE, Auburn. Please view the Public Meeting Calendar for current meeting dates.

Current Members:
Bryce Landrud
Brooksie Hall
Jan Speer
James Tourangeau
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White River Valley Historical Society Board
(Resolution No. 2340)
Develops policies for White River Valley Museum operations and management of collections, long-term plans for the Museum, and docent programs and other volunteer activities.

Members: 17

Term: Unspecified

Member Requirements: Board membership is comprised of nine members elected by the general membership of the Historical Society, and eight members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

Meetings: Regular meetings of the Board are held the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the White River Valley Museum Muckleshoot Room, located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn.

Current Members:
​Gordy Nishimoto
LeRoy Jones
James Bothell
Ronnie Beyersdorf
Jeff Black
John Rottle
Kim  Perry
Dennis Grad
Dave Larberg
Johann Christianson
Doug Lein
Ruby Elwood
Michelle Marshman
Charles Natsuhara
Romajean Thomas
Robin Pratt
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