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Volunteer for one of the numerous openings on Lakewood’s boards and commissions and find fulfilling ways to contribute to your community. Apply by 8 a.m. Feb. 4 and learn about specific qualifications at

Lakewood Advisory Commission has several openings. Members serve as advisers to Lakewood City Council by researching specific issues or topics of interest to residents and making recommendations for potential action. Applicants must attend both a full commission meeting and an individual committee meeting before applying. For more information, visit

Board of Appeals has two openings for three-year terms. This quasi-judicial board hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement or decision made by the codes administrator. Members must be qualified by experience and training to make judgments about building construction.

Historic Preservation Commission has two openings for four-year terms. Applicants are not required to be Lakewood residents, but they must have competency in historic preservation and a professional background in a preservation-related field such as architecture and urban planning.

Planning Commission has an opening for a Ward 4 resident for a four-year term. The commission conducts public hearings on rezoning and subdivision applications, approves certain special use permits and reviews site plans. Members also serve on the Board of Adjustment. The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month for regular meetings and at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for study session meetings.

Victims Assistance Compensation Board has an opening for a three-year term. The board considers requests for compensation to crime victims through an application process and monitors the Victim Assistance Fund for compliance with the law. Meetings are at 8 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.

Posted on: Thursday, January 17, 2019