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Posted on: December 11, 2019

City Seeks Nominations for Boards and Committees Vacancies

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Deadline for submission is December 28, 2019. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Board of Assessment Review -1
Responsibilities:  The Board has the power to grant property tax abatements pursuant to state law and to determine the tax-exempt status of real and personal property. It functions in a quasi- judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with state law, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.

Qualifications: Members need the background necessary to be able to determine the value of real and personal property.  Members should be familiar with the several geographical areas of the City, e.g. the waterfront, downtown, Munjoy Hill, Deering, etc. 

Pesticide Management Advisory Committee - 2
2 Residents

To support the implementation and administration of this ordinance the City Council established the Pesticide Management Advisory Committee (PMAC).  Duties of this committee include:

  • Advising the Sustainability Coordinator and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee about implementation of the ordinance and recommended amendments
  • Implementing an ongoing education and outreach program in coordination with the Sustainability Coordinator that will inform residents, property owners, and landscaping companies about the ordinance and ways to manage their property organically.
  • Creating an annual report about the ordinance to the Sustainability and Transportation Committee
  • Hearing and ruling on waivers submitted by property owners who believe they have an emergency situation on their property that requires the use of synthetic pesticide to remedy.

Planning Board - 2
The Portland Planning Board has the responsibility to recommend adoption and amendments to the comprehensive plan of the City of Portland, and to advise the City Council and Departments on implementation measures for the plan.  The Board has jurisdiction to hear, review and approve applications for development including site plans, subdivisions, street vacations, shore land zone, and other regulations governing development as appropriate.  The Planning Board makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for zoning text and map amendments, contract rezoning’s, and amendments to or substantial revisions of the Zoning Ordinance. 

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee - 3
The Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) is a subcommittee of the Civil Service Commission.  The PCRS has six commissioners and one alternate.  The PCRS will review the process of police investigations of citizens’ complaints, solicit public input on the police citizen complaint process, report to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issue recommendations for improving the police investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process. 

Qualifications: A resident of Portland and a person of good moral character.  Ability to be analytical and objective.  Good communication skills. 


  • Presently employed by the City, or employed within the previous ten years;
  • Present member of the City Council, or a member within the previous ten years;
  • Immediate family member is a Portland police officer or has been within the previous ten years;
  • Applicant or a member of his/her immediate family member has been arrested by the Portland police within the previous ten years, or the final disposition of any resulting criminal proceedings has been in the previous ten years, whichever is longer;
  • Applicant or an immediate family member has filed a complaint with the IA unit of the Portland Police Department within the previous ten years; and
  • Applicant or a member of his/her immediate family has sued the City of Portland, the Chief of Police, the Portland Police Department, or any Portland police officer within the last ten years.

Rental Housing Advisory Committee: - 4
The committee members shall be residents of Portland and shall be appointed by the City Council to serve staggered terms set by the City Council. The Committee shall be co-chaired by one (1) landlord representative and one (1) tenant representative as agreed to by the members of the Committee. The Committee shall be not less than quarterly and shall undertake the following duties:

1.  Provide the Housing Committee with recommendations or proposals for improvements, modifications, or changes regarding landlord and tenant policy issues; and
2.  Identify educational opportunities, seminars, and materials that would be useful to landlords and tenants.

Rental Housing Advisory Committee - 4
1 – Landlord
2 – Tenants
1 – Member who is not a tenant or a landlord

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