Boards & Commissions
Citizen participation is an integral part of the governmental process in Oak Harbor. Advisory boards and commissions provide advantages, such as in-depth examination of issues or a communication channel between elected officials and the community, bringing a broad range of ideas and expertise to public decision-making, assisting in the resolution of conflicts, and providing training for new leaders.
The City of Oak Harbor currently has 12 active boards, commissions, and committees to which members of the community are appointed by either the Mayor. In most cases, bylaws do require members to reside or own a business within the city limits.
The Arts Commission serves to foster creative arts including all forms of visual and performing arts within Oak Harbor.
The Civil Service Commission helps assure that state laws are adhered to regarding the hiring, promotion, and discipline of firefighters and law enforcement officers.
The Historic Preservation Commission identifies and actively encourages the conservation of city historic resources by maintaining a register of historic place, raising community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources, and serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation.
The Investment Committee acts as an oversight body to the investment decisions of the Finance Director in accordance with the city's adopted investment policy.
The Law Enforcement Officer & Firefighter 1 Board establishes uniform methods for the administration of necessary medical service benefits to eligible active and retired Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters.
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee advises City Council on the appropriation of the annual investment of lodging tax revenues generated by overnight stays within the city limits.
The Marina Advisory Committee advises on matters affecting the marina and makes recommendations for the marina master plan and marina improvement plan.
The Park Board seeks to enhance the existing parks system in Oak Harbor by providing community leadership and developing a public culture of stewardship.
The Personnel Appeal Board hears disciplinary appeals by covered employees who have exhausted the internal grievance procedures.
The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on matters which require a legislative decision by the City Council. Know as Type V, these reviews are limited to rezones made in conjunction with yearly updates of the comprehensive plan; amendment to regulations, land use codes, and comprehensive plan; amendments to the comprehensive plan map; Adoption of subarea plans and planned actions; and adoption of a “planned development” overlay zone (PRD).
The goal of the Police Community Advisory Board is to establish a close relationship between the Oak Harbor Police Department and the community.
The Salary Commission is an independent authority authorized under state law to set the salary of members of the City Council and Mayor.
Meetings & Agendas
- Arts Commission (1)
- Civil Service Commission (1)
- Historic Preservation Commission (3)
- Lodging Tax Advisory Committee -Receiver (1)
- Marina Advisory Commission (3)
- Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission (2)
- Planning Commission (1)
- Police Community Advisory Board
- Salary Commission (4)
Becoming a Member
Persons interested in serving on a board, commission, or committee must complete a Biography Form.
Forms can be submitted in the following methods:
- Submit Online Form
- Email the City Clerk
- Hand Delivery or U.S. Mail:
City of Oak Harbor
Attn. Office of the Mayor
865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Please be advised that the application and all communications with the City of Oak Harbor are public records and the information may be subject to disclosure upon request.