Almost a dozen of Eureka’s various boards and committees have at least one vacancy, something Mayor Susan Seaman hopes to see change.
“It’s a great way to put your toes in the water for getting involved with community public service,” she said. “They can build their resume and learn how city government operates.”
Seaman said this is precisely how she got her start in government. After working on an ad hoc committee, she moved on to working with an economic development commission for the city around 2016, she said.
Residents interested in applying for one of the various positions available should prepare to answer a few questions from Seaman, who will review the applications and recommend appointments. She said she is interested in learning about what motivates residents to serve the city, what they’re inspired by as well as what they hope to change.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.
While relevant experience is important, Seaman said, she is also hoping to shake things up a bit.
“What perspective can you bring to the commission that we don’t have right now,” Seaman said. “I’d like to see newer voices that bring in new perspectives.”
City Clerk Pam Powell said in order to be eligible for a position, residents must either live in the greater Eureka area — which she described as residents who are served by the Humboldt Community Services Distrct — or own a business in Eureka.
“It allows the community to have a voice in local government,” she said. “They’re advisory to the council … (and can) help the city reflect what our citizens want.”
The day to day challenges of walking children to school by crossing busy roads or utilizing public transportation, for instance, are unique experiences that affect people differently. So Seaman encourages residents to find a committee or board that addresses issues important to them personally. This factor, she says, can help offer contributions that might not be made otherwise from someone who doesn’t have the same type of insight.
Seaman said she looks forward to a flood of applications.
“I would love for it to be a challenge to have to pick from too many choices rather than looking for people to fill vacancies,” she said.
For information regarding commission and board vacancies and how to apply for them in Eureka, call 707-441-4144.
Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.