Deadline approaches for city spots

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Only a few more days are left for residents to get their applications in to serve on a city board or commission.

There are 40 spots open in 14 groups with topics ranging from the environment to development and historic preservation. Applications are available from the City Clerk’s office and due by Friday.

“We have been fortunate in the past to have individuals of very high caliber willing to serve on these boards and we are very grateful for their service,” Mayor David Combs said.

Reasons behind getting involved vary for each person, but a desire to make a difference or wanting to learn more about government workings are among the common reasons residents have to apply for appointment to city boards and commissions.

“The roles of the various boards and commission of the city of Rocky Mount are essential to the effective operation of our local government,” Combs said.

Applicants who are appointed in June by the City Council to the positions do so on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The time commitment for each position varies.

While some positions are held for residents in specific parts of the city or backgrounds, others like the four positions on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission are open to any resident.

The 40 openings include several positions that are currently filled with volunteers, who can be reappointed.

If a desired spot is unavailable, volunteers often are asked to serve in a different capacity.

“The service (these citizens) render is of great benefit to our community,” Combs said.

For more information, call 972-1319. More information on each of the volunteer opportunities are available at