Our Opinion: City seeks your advice, as a volunteer

Wanted: Community-minded volunteers interested in helping Jefferson City government by serving on advisory boards and commissions.

Qualifications: Background and expertise varies, depending on board’s mission; topics range from airports to the arts, from electrical experience to environmental quality, from submarines to storm water.

Remuneration: No pay, but volunteers reap the rewards of working with like-minded people, sharing time and talents to help their community prosper.

Jefferson City government now is seeking volunteers to serve on its 23 advisory boards and commissions. Most boards have from 5-8 members who serve terms ranging from 3-5 years. Frequency of meetings varies.

A complete list — including a description of each board’s mission and required credentials, if any — is available on the city’s website, www.jeffcitymo.org.

Interested people may fill out a volunteer profile online or request one from the city’s human resources department, 634-6310.

Volunteer boards and commissions are essential to various levels of government.

These advisory groups study and make recommendations to state, county and municipal decision-makers.

In that capacity, they serve both elected officials and the tax-paying public. Imagine the added cost to taxpayers if government needed to hire staff to perform similar duties and provide equal expertise.

Jefferson City government now is in transition, as a search begins for a new administrator and duties are realigned.

During such a transition, the work of active, intact advisory groups takes on added significance.

We encourage people who have the time, talent and energy to serve in an advisory capacity to consult the list and complete a volunteer profile.

We know it will help our community and we expect each volunteer also will enjoy the rewards of service.

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