Throughout the years, the City of Oak Forest has relied upon residents to serve as members of its advisory boards and commissions. These individuals serve a crucial role in providing policy recommendations to the mayor and City Council on a variety of topics.
To insure that citizen input and opportunities for public involvement continue, the city maintains a list of individuals who are interested in serving their community. If you are interested in serving on an advisory board or commission, please complete the online form. This application form identifies the interests and talents of those who are willing to serve on a board or commission.
As openings occur or as new opportunities are created by the mayor and City Council, residents expressing an interest will be considered for potential service.
The advisory boards and commissions include:
Cable Television Commission
The commission provides oversight on cable television-related issues, coordinates usage and promotion of public access equipment, and provides policy recommendations to the mayor and City Council on issues pertaining to city cable television franchise agreements. The commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Citizens' Advisory Board
The commission undertakes projects and tasks as assigned by the City Council pertaining to public relations and resident communication. The commission meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. Send an e-mail to the commission.
Civil Service Commission
The commission conducts recruiting and testing for city employment positions, which are designated as civil service positions. The commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Consumer Protection Commission
The commission conducts investigations of consumer complaints and provides consumer education. The commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Crime Prevention Commission
The commission coordinates the neighborhood watch program and conducts public education and awareness of crime prevention.
Economic Advisory Council
The council provides policy direction on economic development strategies and programs to assist existing businesses and new business development. The council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m.
Fire and Police Commission
The commission conducts recruiting and testing for sworn police officer and firefighter candidates. The commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
The commission encourages residents, schools, government bodies, and businesses to be more eco-concious. The commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission
The commission reviews land use applications and conducts public hearings regarding development proposals. The commission meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m.
Senior Citizens Commission
The commission promotes awareness of concerns pertaining to the city's senior population and provides policy direction pertaining to the senior bus service. Send an e-mail to the commission.
Streetscape Advisory Council
The council improves the aesthetics of the city's commercial corridors and residential neighborhoods.
The commission promotes programs for veterans, raises awareness of veterans' welfare issues, represents the city at community events, participates in programs with other veterans' groups, and recognizes the accomplishments of local veterans. In addition, the commission serves as a repository of information about veterans' issues, such as securing benefits from the federal government. The commission meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
The commission promotes awareness of concerns pertaining to the city's youth population and provides policy direction pertaining to youth programs and activities. The commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m.