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Boards and Commissions

Gubernatorial appointments are an ongoing process, with approximately 500 appointments being made throughout the year.

Please note the majority of boards and commissions have certain qualifications of appointment that must be met as set forth in the Indiana Code. The Governor makes appointments to three types of boards and commissions:

Advisory — An advisory board, commission or council serves as a formal liaison between the agency and the public, ensuring that the agency understands and responds to public concerns and that the activities of the agency are communicated to the public. Advisory boards provide advice and counsel to executive branch agencies.

Policy — A policy board, commission or council is specifically charged by statute to promulgate public policies or regulations. Policy boards may also be charged by statute with adjudicating violations of those policies or regulations.

Supervisory — A supervisory board, commission or council is responsible for agency operations, including approval of appropriations requests. Supervisory boards appoint the agency director, and the board ensures that the agency director complies with all board and statutory directives. Agency directors serve at the pleasure of the board.

Factors to Consider

Serving the State of Indiana on a board or commission is both an honor and a privilege. Public service, however, is not for everyone. Individuals applying for a board or commission should be aware of the following:

As expected in an open and democratic government, the activities of boards and commissions are subject to public and press scrutiny.

Applicants who are selected by the Governor to serve will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement and pass a criminal background check as conditions of serving on the board or commission.

Most boards and commissions meet quarterly; however, some boards may meet more or less frequently due to the responsibilities and functions of the board.

Unless otherwise specified by law, members of boards and commissions do not receive per diem stipends. Members of boards and commissions are generally reimbursed for their travel and expenses.*

Applying for a Position

In our ongoing effort to make government more efficient, streamline procedures, and save taxpayer money on printing, paper and postage, the Governor’s office has automated the application process for Boards and Commissions.

Hoosiers may now submit applications or provide nominations for boards and commissions using the online form. We would like for all service-minded Hoosiers to consider submitting their application or recommending others for consideration to serve in these positions.

The majority of board/commission seats come due on June 30 each year. While applications are taken year round, we strongly recommend having your application submitted online by March 15 to be fully considered for the upcoming round of appointments.

Please print, complete and sign the following forms. When finished, the forms may be scanned and uploaded on the application page (preferred) or mailed the address below.

Click here to submit your APPLICATION for a board/commission appointment.

For further information, contact:

Office of the Governor
State House, Room 206
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797

or use our Inquiry Form

*Reimbursement is subject to statutory guidelines

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