Citizens looking for a way to help
their community can get involved by serving on various Boards, Commissions and
Committees offered through the City.
These groups serve in diverse roles, including assessing needs; review
of plans and policies; making recommendations to City departments and providing
guidance on projects and programs.
Joplin citizens are eligible to
submit applications for these groups throughout the year. Citizens must be a qualified voter in the
City or the state of Missouri. Some
boards may have specific requirements for its members. Applications are kept on file for two
years. The City Council makes
appointments to these organizations annually on an as needed basis.
The City has over 25 organizations
in which citizens may serve. Each Board
represents a specific area of City government, and citizens may designate which
board(s) they are applying to offer their service.
Currently, the City Council is
seeking applicants to fill the following board openings:
ADA: (Currently has
no applicants for new position) To
advise the City of Joplin on compliance with the Americans With Disabilities
AIRPORT: (2 openings)
in advisory capacity regarding operations; makes budget recommendations to the
City Council; assists in planning of airport programs.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: (2 openings) A quasi-judicial board that grants
variances from the strict letter of the law as written in the Zoning Code,
Subdivision Regulations, Historic Preservation Ordinance, Sign Code, Mobile
Home Code, and Flood Plain Management Code; decides appeals to the decisions of
the chief building official or city planner.
OF APPEALS: Considers variances to the Building Code
pertaining to specific construction practices and conducts “finding of fact”
hearings as required under the Dangerous Building Ordinance relating to
condemnation of dangerous structures.
CITY TREE BOARD: Promotes and protects the public health,
safety, and general welfare by providing for the regulation of the planting,
maintenance, and removal of trees, shrubs and other plants within the City of
Joplin, Missouri. Manages Joplin’s community forest in a strong, healthy
condition for today and the future of Joplin, Missouri.
CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU: Promotes tourism, conventions, and other
AUTHORITY: Administration of 275 dwelling units owned
by the Housing Authority and the provisions of 532 vouchers for rental
subsidies to privately owned properties
JOPLIN RE-DEVELOPMENT CORP.: It's goal is to reduce blight and promote
JOPLIN SPORTS AUTHORITY: (2 openings)
Promotes economic development through recreational
LIBRARY: Its goals are to appoint a director, control expenditures of library funds,
supervise care and custody of library, and determine rules and policies of
board for the Parks and Recreation Department, which administers year-round
recreational programs and maintains 23 different park and land locations
constituting 1,000 acres of public use.
PERSONNEL BOARD: (Currently has no applicants for new
the council and personnel director on problems concerning personnel
administration. Investigates personnel administration and reports annually to
the City Council. Approves merit system rules. Hears and determines appeals
from action resulting in dismissal, demotion, suspension, or layoff. Performs
other duties as assigned by the council
PLANNING AND ZONING: (2 openings)A fact-finding board that recommends to the
City Council the approval or denial of zoning requests and plats; the purchase
or sale of public land; requests for vacations of streets, alleys or easements;
and the development of Comprehensive Development Plans and Capital Improvement
has no applicants for new position) Makes recommendations to the City Council regarding traffic matters, such
as speed limits, placement of traffic signals, parking or removal of parking
along city streets, traffic flow on city streets, and placement of stop signs.
A full listing of the boards and
commissions is available on the City’s website, www.joplinmo.org. Those interested
serving on City Boards and Commissions may apply through the City’s website or
by email at email@example.com. For more information, contact the
City Clerk’s office at 417-624-0820, ext. 220 or 221.