Vacancies and Applications

Application Process Boards, Commissions & Committees

The annual recruitment for open positions for adult members on boards, commissions and committees (commissions) begins in September. The annual recruitment for student members begins in February. Applications are accepted throughout the year for all commissions. Applications remain active for one year and applicants are contacted if there is an unscheduled vacancy on the commission to which they applied and a mid year recruitment is held.

Before You Apply

  • Read a summary of the purpose of each board, committee, or commission, and the day, place, and time they meet.  Attend a meeting of the commissions you are interested in joining.
  • Confirm you meet the Residency Requirements (Resolution 2004-002):
    • Adults must reside within the incorporated municipal limits of the Town of Los Gatos;
    • Students must reside within the incorporated municipal limits of the Town of Los Gatos and enrollment in any accredited high school; OR reside in the unincorporated areas of the County of Santa Clara County, which have a Los Gatos mailing address; AND enrollment in a school located within the Town of Los Gatos.
  • Speak to the commission chair and/or the staff liaison assigned to the commission for further information regarding time commitment, commission projects and sub-committees, and the role of a commission member.
  • Attend a Town Council meeting, or watch it televised on KCAT, to learn more about Town government and current issues. Subscribe to the Town of Los Gatos “What’s New!” eMail Delivery Service for more information about Town government and the community. Read the Commissioner Handbook for more information.
  • Review the Council Commission Appointment Policy.
  • Review the Board/Commission/Committee Attendance requirements.

Application Instructions

 Complete a separate application for each commission you wish to join:
Arts & Culture Commission
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee  
Building Board of Appeals
Community & Senior Services Commission 
General Plan Committee
Historic Preservation Committee
Library Board 
Parks Commission
Personnel Board 
Planning Commission+Case Study 
Transportation and Parking Commission
Student Commissioners
  • Submit a new application even if you are re-applying to a commission.
  • Type or print neatly so your application can be easily read when reproduced.
  • Be sure to answer all supplemental questions.
  • Limit attachments to two single-sided pages.
  • Sign your application.
  • Students applicants to submit a current photo with the application.
  • Applications will be kept active for 12 months.
  • Submit your application to the Clerk Department,110 East Main Street,Los Gatos, CA 95030. You may contact the Clerk Department at (408) 354-6834 with any questions.

What Happens Next...

  • After the application deadline, qualified applications will be reproduced and given to Council members to review.
  • The Clerk Department will notify all applicants of their status and/or confirm the interview date and time. Qualified applicants will be interviewed; Town Council makes all appointments.
  • Adult commissioner Interviews and appointments to commissions are made at the second Town Council meeting in December; there are no alternate dates for interviews if you are unable to attend. If mid year appointments are necessary, the date and time of the interviews and appointments will be announced; there are no alternate dates for interviews if you are unable to attend.
  • Student commissioner interviews are conducted by the Town Council Selection Committee in May and appointments to commissions are ratified by the Town Council at the first meeting in June.

If Appointed, You Should Expect to...

Attend all meetings of the board/commission/committee that you are appointed to. Any member of an appointive Town Advisory Body who is absent from the number of regular meetings listed below appropriate to his or her Advisory Body shall, as a result, surrender his or her office on the Advisory Body and the office shall be considered vacant (Resolution 2011-012).

a. For an Advisory Body which holds six (6) or more regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: three (3) regular meetings.
b. For an Advisory Body which holds five (5) or fewer regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: two (2) regular meetings. 
c. For an Advisory Body which holds sixteen (16) or more regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: eight (8) regular meetings.

Spend time before each meeting reading the packet of information provided to you, and come to each meeting prepared to participate fully in all items on the agenda. 

Take an Oath of Office prior to the first meeting.

Fill out a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests form each year, disclosing as public record any potential conflicts of interest you may have in discharging your duties. 

Serve a term ranging from two to four years, depending on the commission. If you are appointed to fill an unexpired vacancy, you will serve the time remaining for the vacancy.

Participate in your local government process in a meaningful way, and make a lasting positive difference in your community.