Boards & Commissions

The following are links to various Town Committees, Commissions, and Boards, including their members, terms and a brief description of their charge.

If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please fill out the Public Service Application (PDF)and submit to the Town Clerk's Office.

The following Boards & Commissions have vacancies:

If interested in applying, please submit your application to the Town Clerk’s Office on or before June 10, 2022 for Council consideration at the June 13, 2022 meeting.

BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS:  the board has the authority to hear appeals on interpretation, order, requirement, and direction by the building official and grant variances to the building code.  This Board meets the first Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for one (1) member to July 1, 2027. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD:  this board serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council.  Its duties shall be to advise the Council on the following matters:
(1)   Monitor and advise the Council on progress of economic development in North Kingstown;
(2)   Advise the Council on issues of economic development policy and implementation, at the Council's request or the Board's own initiative;
(3)   Collaborate with the Town management on matters of economic development;
(4)   Engage the business community and the public at large in the town's economic development policies and initiatives and in the implementation of community-wide economic development efforts; and
(5)   Advise the Council on other matters that the Council may, from time to time, refer to the Board.

 The appointment is for one (1) Second Alternate to December 1, 2023.

GROUNDWATER COMMITTEE:  to assist the Town in planning future land and water use; facilitate the implementation of the Groundwater Protection Plan; promote public interest in and understanding of groundwater.  The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month.  The appointment is for three (3) members to July 1, 2024 and one (1) member to July 1, 2023 to fill an unexpired term.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  the purpose of this committee shall be to assist in establishing standards and guidelines and implementation of Information Technology initiatives, trends, IT related projects, services and methods of communication with the public.  The ITAC will advise the Town Council on these initiatives and submit quarterly progress reports to the Town Council.  Members of the committee shall possess a working knowledge in an Information Technology field.  The appointment is for one (1) Alternate At-Large Member to March 1, 2023 and one (1) Alternate Expert Member to March 1, 2024.

LEISURE SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  to assist the Town in the development, enhancement, and operation of recreation and leisure services including, but not limited to, the golf course, Allen Harbor, and all recreational and park facilities.  This Committee meets quarterly.  The appointment is for five (5) members to July 1, 2025.

PLANNING COMMISSION: to serve as the prime advisory body pertaining to planning and development, to be responsible for the Comprehensive Plan, to file opinions with the Council on amendments to the zoning ordinance and zoning map, and to review applications for the platting or subdivision of land.  The Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The appointment is for one (1) member to July 1, 2028.

PERSONNEL BOARD: to hear appeals from the disciplinary action ordered by the appointing authority.  The Board meets at the call of the chair.  The appointment is for one (1) member to March 1, 2025.

PROBATE JUDGE:  The Town Council annually in the month of June appoints a Judge of Probate Court for the period July 1 through June 30.  The Probate Judge is vested with all powers and duties as a judge of probate as provided by law.  Applicants must have been admitted to practice law before the courts of this State as an attorney-at-law for at least five (5) years before the date of appointment.  Probate Court is held the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. The appointment is for one (1) Probate Judge to July 1, 2023.

WICKFORD ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  The committee is charged with advising the council on preparing, managing growth and chance in Wickford while protecting the quality of life and historic character of the village.  To assist in the enhancement of the relationship between the village and harbor. Identify physical and other needs of Wickford.  The Committee shall consist of ten (10) regular members who shall serve staggered 3-year terms.  The appointments are preferably for four (4) Wickford Village Residents, four (4) Wickford Village business owners and two (2) At-Large members who shall be qualified electors of the town.  The appointment is for one (1) Wickford Village Business Owner to October 1, 2023 to fill an unexpired term.

WICKFORD VILLAGE DESIGN GUIDELINES COMMITTEE:  The purpose of this zoning overlay district is to encourage creative solution that will preserve the unique and historic qualities of Wickford village center while helping businesses meet the challenging economy of the 21st century.  The appointment is for one (1) Alternate Business Property Owner to December 31, 2024. 

ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW:  to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination by the building official and to hear and decide special exceptions and variances.  The Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  The appointment is for three (3) members to July 1, 2025.