Citizen Boards and Commissions
Boards and Commissions Appointments
Serving on a Board or Commission is a great way to become involved in DeSoto. All Board and Commission appointments are made by members of the City Council through an interview process. Interviews are held as terms expire and/or vacancies occur. Generally, interviews are held in the evenings beginning at 6pm.
Appointments to the Arts Commission, DeSoto, Texas Historical Foundation, and Keep DeSoto Beautiful Corporation Board are place-specific and are appointed through an interview process with the specific Councilmember and not as a whole.
All appointees to City of DeSoto Boards, Commissions, and Committees must be residents of DeSoto prior to their appointment, and remain in the City during their tenure. All applicants will receive and are required to adhere to the attendance policy established by the City Council in Ordinance 1301-99. In addition, any person making application for appointment to a position on any board, commission, agency, or committee to which the City has the final authority to make such appointment shall consent to a criminal history check prior to consideration of the person's application. It is also recommended to review the Guide for DeSoto Public Officials.
Each Board or Commission is responsible for electing its own Chairperson and other Officers.
**NOTE: In order to prevent duplication of submitted applications, we ask that you submit your application when there is a "call for applicants". We truly appreciate your service to your community!
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OPEN MEETINGS ACT BASIC TRAININGMembers of a governmental body subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) are required to participate in education training sessions pursuant to section 551.005 of the Texas Government Code. The training requirement applies to all elected or appointed officials who participate in meetings subject to the OMA.
All new board members must take the State of Texas Open Meetings Act Training Class Online:https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/open-government/governmental-bodies/pia-and-oma-training-resources/open-meetings-act-training
After completing the training course, you may print your certificate. Please email a copy of your certificate to the City Secretary's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Participating in an Ethics Training class or viewing it on-line is required on an annual basis for all City Councilmembers and City Board or Commission members. If you wish to view the Ethics Training video, please contact the Office of the City Secretary below for more information.
After viewing the video, please fill out this form to certify that you have completed the training.
For additional information, please contact:
Office of the City Secretary
Jim Baugh Government Center at Town Center
211 E. Pleasant Run Road
Please utilize the menus on the left for an overview of the responsibilities of each Board and Commission.