Boards, Commissions and Committees

Roles and Functions

A wide variety of functions are performed by City Boards and Commissions. The City Council is elected by the people to be in overall charge of the government of the City. Boards and Commissions are appointed to serve in a particular area of City government. These bodies are referred to as "citizen" Boards and Commissions since they are not elected and the people who serve on them are volunteers.

The Boards and Commissions of the City deal with a wide variety of subject areas that extend from Airport to Zoning. The roles of the Boards and Commissions are varied but each Board and Commission has a definite role prescribed for it by the City Charter, City Code of Ordinances, Council Resolution or some other legislative measure. The authority of City Council is limited by the City Charter; likewise, the authority of the various Boards and Commissions is limited by law. The actions of each citizen Board and Commission are important to the proper functioning of City government and, in some cases, have a substantial impact on individual citizens.

If you are interested in receiving more information in regards to serving on an advisory board or commission, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-384-9144.

List of Full Boards, Commissions and Committees

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Member Handbook

Board Application

Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics administers and enforces the ordinances governing the standards of conduct.

Civil Service Commission

Pursuant to Civil Service Act 78, the Civil Service Commission runs a civil service system based upon examination and investigation to determine merit, efficiency, and fitness for appointment, employment, and promotion of all full-time paid members appointed in the fire and police department.

Parks & Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission is appointed by City Council to ensure recreational programs and opportunities are afforded all citizens. The goal of the Commission is to seek sustainable alternatives and methods for making recreational programming available to the citizens of Monroe.

River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission

The River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council and Planning Commission regarding the implementation, prioritization, phasing, modification and development of the River Raisin Heritage Corridor Master Plan.

River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission

Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission advises the City Council on historic preservation issues including the establishment of historic districts and landmarks.

Historic District Commission

Board of Review

The Board of Review is tasked with hearing and deciding property assessment appeals and hardship requests.

Board of Review

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority guides economic development activities and fulfills duties prescribed by the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act of the State of Michigan.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Downtown Development Authority

This Board is the governing body established under state enabling law to halt deterioration and to foster development of the downtown business area.

Monroe Downtown Development Authority

The mission of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to undertake district-wide improvements that have the greatest impact in strengthening the downtown areas and attracting new business.

Monroe Housing Commission

The Monroe Housing Commission provides affordable housing opportunities to moderate and low-income families and individuals in the City of Monroe.

Monroe Traffic Committee

The Mayor's Traffic Committee is an advisory committee composed of interested citizens, our Police Department, and elected officials that reviews requests for changes in traffic control and other traffic safety matters. The committee meets monthly when there are agenda items, and reports its findings to the full City Council for ultimate approval. Staff support for the committee is provided by the Engineering and Public Services Department.

Monroe Port Commission

The Authority was established under Act 234 of the Public Acts of 1925. The Authority operates within the Port District. The regulation of the internal affairs of the Authority is placed entirely with the Commission.

Port of Monroe

Commission on the Environment and Water Quality

The Commission shall provide advice and make recommendations to the City Council and City Manager in regard to stewardship of the land and water resources within, or contiguous to the City of Monroe.

River Raisin Legacy Project

Local Officers Compensation Commission

A special purpose body established pursuant to state law that meets every two years to set the compensation for elected City officials.

Lake Erie Transit Commission

The Corporation is established to provide for the operation, management, financing, and planning of local and specialized transit services. The Commission is empowered to act under Articles of Incorporation filed with the Michigan Department of Commerce. Transit Services are administered by a management company overseen by the Commission.

Lake Erie Transit

Employees Retirement System Board

The Board manages the investment of the pension systems assets and other matters relating to general administration of the System including the employment of appropriate professional services. The Board has duties in determining eligibility for pensions in certain cases.

Library Advisory Commission

The Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council on library programs, and as an advisory body to the Monroe County Library system on levels of service to the City.

Monroe Public Libraries

Citizen Planning Commission

The Citizen Planning Commission administers compliance with the City Zoning Ordinance and reviews requests for rezoning, special use permits, street or alley vacations, capital improvements, planned unit developments, and site plans.

 Citizen Planning Commission

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals interprets the City Zoning Ordinance and the official zoning map.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority

The Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority exists to plan for and implement development and other investment to improve the accessibility, safety and character for businesses, residents, patrons and other users of the Telegraph Road commercial corridor.

Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority