Vacancies and Applications

Application Process Board, Commissions & Committees
The annual recruitment for open positions for adult members on boards, commissions and committees (commissions) begins in September. The annual recruitment for student members begins in February. Applications are accepted throughout the year for all commissions. Applications remain active for one year and applicants are contacted if there is an unscheduled vacancy on the commission to which they applied.

Before You Apply
  • Read a summary of the purpose of each board, committee, or commission, and the day, place, and time they meet.  Attend a meeting of the commissions you are interested in joining.
  • Confirm you reside in the incorporated Town limits.
  • Speak to the commission chair and/or the staff liaison assigned to the commission for further information regarding time commitment, commission projects and sub-committees, and the role of a commission member.
  • Attend a Town Council meeting, or watch it televised on KCAT, to learn more about Town government and current issues. Subscribe to the Town of Los Gatos “What’s New!” eMail Delivery Service for more information about Town government and the community. Read the Commissioner Handbook for more information.
Application Instructions
Fill out a separate application (pdf) for each commission you wish to join:
Arts & CultureCommission
Building Board of Appeals
Community & Senior Services Commission
General Plan Committee
Historic Preservation Committee
Library Board
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Parks Commission
Personnel Board 
Planned Development Zoning Study Committee
Planning Commission+Case Study
Transportation and Parking Commission
Student Commissions
VTA Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Submit a new application even if you are re-applying to a commission.
  • Type or print neatly so your application can be easily read when reproduced.
  • Be sure to answer all supplemental questions.
  • Limit attachments to two single-sided pages.
  • Sign your application.
  • Applications will be kept active for 12 months.
  • Submit your application to the Clerk Department,110 East Main Street,Los Gatos, CA 95030. You may contact the Clerk Department at (408) 354-6888.
What Happens Next...
  • After the application deadline, qualified applications will be reproduced and given to Council members to review.
  • The Clerk Department will notify all applicants of their status and/or confirm the interview date and time. Qualified applicants will be interviewed; Town Council makes all appointments.
  • Interviews and appointments to commissions are made at a Town Council meeting, generally held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers, 110 East Main Street.
If Appointed, You Should Expect to...
Any member of an appointive Town Advisory Body who is absent from the number of regular meetings listed below appropriate to his or her Advisory Body shall, as a result, surrender his or her office on the Advisory Body and the office shall be considered vacant.

a. For an Advisory Body which holds six (6) or more regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: three (3) regular meetings.

b. For an Advisory Body which holds five (5) or fewer regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: two (2) regular meetings. 

c. For an Advisory Body which holds sixteen (16) or more regular meetings per a consecutive twelve (12) month period: eight (8) regular meetings.

Spend time before each meeting reading the packet of information provided to you, and come to each meeting prepared to participate fully in all the items on the agenda. 

Fill out a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests form each year, disclosing as public record any potential conflicts of interest you may have in discharging your duties. 

Serve a term ranging from two to four years, depending on the commission.
Participate in your local government process in a meaningful way, and make a lasting positive difference in your community.