Committees & Commissions

Membership & Meetings
The boards, commissions, and committees of the City of Middleton are mostly comprised of volunteer citizens appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. All meetings are open to the public; however, all or part of a meeting may be held in closed session (no public allowed) if the item being discussed is within the guidelines of state statutes.

Without the dedication of the many volunteers who serve and contribute countless hours, the city would be unable to function. These volunteers help to make the City of Middleton a great place to live, work, and play.
 

The City of Middleton provides equal opportunities to all applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  

Board, Commission, & Committee Flyer
Board, Commission, & Committee Application Form
 

   Become A Volunteer

 
   


     

Why Volunteer?


      Democracy relies on the engagement by residents as means of forming better solutions to civic matters.  Resident participation must be            inclusive of those who identify themselves as interested and or affected by decisions that will be made on issues of relevance to them.              Resident participation practices must result in decisions that reflect the community's voice.

     

Responsibilities

      Understanding your role and scope of responsibility and be informed of objectives and procedures for your individual board, commission, or                              committee. 

  •    Members should represent the public interest and not a special interest group.
  •    Members serve as a communication link between the community, staff, and city presenting city programs and recommendations             and providing a channel for citizen expression.
  •    Establish good working relationships with other members.
  •    Advise and make recommendations to the common council.

     Commitment


      While responsibility and commitment are specific for each individual board, commission, or committee, you can expect to attend 1-2                  meetings per month of around 1-2 hours each.  Meetings are held on weeknights (due to the pandemic, via zoom).  Regular attendance is        critical to the effective operation of the board, commission, or committee.  Terms are typically 1-3 years.  This is a volunteer position and          unpaid.

     

Roles


  • Mayor:  chairs the common council meetings, makes appointments to committees, upon common council approvals, and is the elected  leader of the city.
  • Common Council:  is the City's financial body, makes policy, directs city administrator to carry out policy, solicit input from boards          commission, and committees on issues in its various function areas
  • Boards, Commission, Committee Members:  Advise Mayor and common council on policies that assist in carrying out its responsibilities,  input and provide input by being a positive representatives.
  • Staff Liaison:  Provide support to the boards, commissions, and committees under the guidance of the department head. 
   

 Which Board, Commission, or Committee is right for me?


      The city has 25 Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  Please visit each page and read the overview to see if any are of interest you. 
      Board, Commission, Committee Listing A-L
      Board, Commission, Committee Listing P-Z
 
     

Current Vacancies


      
   
Landmarks Commission - Citizen Member
 Conservancy Lands Committee - Student Member
Plan Commission - Citizen Member
 Parks, Recreation, Forestry Commission - Student Member
Sustainability Committee - Citizen Member   Library Board - Citizen Member

   
     

How to Apply


      If you would like to apply, please complete the online Board, Commission, and Committee form (if you need accommodations to access the application, please contact our office at 608-821-8346).   Once submitted, the mayor will review the applications. Once the review process is complete, the mayor will interview applicants.   Appointments are then recommended to the common council for approval.