Boards and Commissions

Below 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  and submit to the Town Clerk's Office. 

 The following Boards, Commission and Boards have vacancies:

ARTS COUNCIL: to promote and encourage programs for the development of public awareness and interest in various art forms; such as fine and performing arts, the appreciation of the colonial past, and the heritage of various ethnic groups.  This Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for three (3) members to fill an unexpired term to March 1,  2017.

AUDIT COMMITTEE:  the purpose of this committee shall be to oversee the work of the Independent Auditors and assist the Town Council and School Committee in their oversight of (i) the integrity of the Town’s financial statements and the Town’s system of internal controls and compliance with the Town’s Code of Ethics and Whistleblower Policy, (ii) the Town’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and (iii) the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence.  Members of the committee shall be versed in reading and understanding financial statements and/or general business knowledge.  No member appointed to the Audit Committee shall sit on any other body or committee of the town or school unless the Town Council affirmatively determines that such services will not impair such member’s effectiveness.  The appointment is for one (1) member with an accounting background to March 1, 2020, one (1) School Committee Representative to March 1, 2020,

CONSERVATION COMMISSION:  to promote and develop the natural resources; to preserve natural aesthetic areas within the Town; and to protect and conserve the environmental quality of the Town.  This Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for two (2) members to October 1, 2018.

HARBOR MANAGEMENT COMMISSION: to recommend to the Town Council the adoption of rules, regulations, fees, penalties and other amendments to the Harbor Management Plan and its subsequent ordinances which may be necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Harbor Management Plan; to recommend additional duties for the Harbor Division; to review and revise as necessary the Harbor Management Plan.  The appointment is for one (1) Marina/Boat Yard Operator representative, one (1) Recreational Boating Representative, one (1) Environmental/Conservation Group Representative, and one (1) Commercial Fishing Representative to March 1, 2018.

JUVENILE HEARING BOARD:  this board is duly charged with promoting the health, safety and general welfare of our community by way of effectively dealing with referrals from the North Kingstown Police Department’s Youth Services Bureau.  These referrals will concern persons under eighteen years of age who have committed criminal or other offenses within the Town limits. 

Appointed members will be required to successfully complete a sixty hour training course, undergo a criminal history background check, and abide by a confidentiality agreement which protects the privacy of the referred juveniles.  Board hearings will be held two or three times each month. 

The appointment is for one (1) Auxiliary Member, and one (1) Professional Educational Representative to December 1, 2018.

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 one (1) Member to fill an unexpired term to July 1, 2017.

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 two (2) members to March 1, 2019.

TREE WARDEN: to have the care and control of all trees and shrubs within the limits of any public road or grounds and within the limits of the Town except those roads under the control of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and those in public parks and grounds under the control of the Department of Environmental Management.  The person appointed must be or within six (6) months of assuming office, become "an arborist", licensed under Chapter 19 of the Rhode Island General Laws.  The appointment is for one (1) year to March 1, 2017.

VETERANS DAY & MEMORIAL DAY PARADES COMMITTEE:  to promote, direct and supervise the annual North Kingstown Parades.  The Committee meets at the call of the chair.  The appointment is for three (3) members to March 1, 2019.

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  one (1) member as a Second Alternate to July 1, 2018.

Applications are also available at the Town Clerk's Office, Planning Department and Library.  Applications must be received in the Town Clerk's Office.

Boards, Commission and Committee's Handbook - adopted by the Town Council January 2008.

To view Membership Rosters of all Boards and Committees see below.