City of Burien Now Accepting Applications for Four Advisory Boards

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The City of Burien is now accepting applications for openings on the Burien City Council’s four advisory boards:

These are voluntary positions, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 18 , 2013.

Under new rules adopted by the City Council in October, advisory board members can serve a maximum of two full terms and can be reappointed after a two-year absence.

Also under the new rules members can be removed due to unexcused absences from meetings and City employees are not eligible to serve.

You can apply online, or download an Advisory Board Application and mail it in or pick one up at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd St.

Further information about Burien’s citizen advisory boards is available by calling Monica Lusk, City Clerk, at (206) 248-5517.

Here’s more from the city’s website:

Serve Your Community – Sign Up for an Advisory Board
Residents can give something back to their community by volunteering to serve on an advisory board. The City is seeking volunteers for the Planning Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, and the Business and Economic Development Partnership. Applications will be accepted through January 13, 2012. Go to or contact City Hall at (206) 241-4647.

Apply for Citizen Advisory Board

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5 Responses to “City of Burien Now Accepting Applications for Four Advisory Boards”
  1. Wheels says:

    The main requirement of these advisory board positions is that you understand your expertise and opinions will result in absolutely zero change in city policies and procedures. City staff is going to do what they want. The purpose of these advisory boards is so that the city can claim it listens to its citizens and is responsive to their needs. Certainly they like to hear that you think they are doing a wonderful job and everything is great. If you tell them they would benefit from a change of ways, you will be ignored.

    If you decide to apply for one of these advisory positions, and if you are accepted, I would be very interested to hear of a single example where a majority of the volunteers told the City they need to do something differently and that change actually occurred.

    • JJ Greive says:

      That is constructive of you…

    • Michael O'Neill says:

      You are right on. The following is an excerpt from my resignation letter from the Arts Commission:
      I have come to the conclusion that I no longer wish to be a member of the Burien Arts Commission. When I sought this appointment I envisioned an independent citizens group entrusted with advising the City Council on matters concerning art expenditures and policies for the City of Burien. My experience instead has been that the Commission is directed, supervised and, in my personal experience, coerced by paid staff from the Parks and Recreation Department under the guise of “support”. The Commission has less input when it comes to decision making than would appear. Given the authority to influence, filter and even bypass the Commission that staff exercises, the need for a commission is, from my perspective, questionable. Let the autocracy rule!

      • TcB says:

        Or maybe you thought what the position was, was different from what it is. I doesn’t look like they are looking for watchdogs of the purse, and that’s explained in the description of the position

        • Michael O'Neill says:

          The Arts Commission advises the Council on expenditures for art and recommends distribution of grant money for organizations and projects that apply as part of its mandate. My experience has been both these and other activities are heavily controlled by city staff and the Arts Commission has become a rubber stamp for the their agendas.

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