The City Council creates commissions either by adoption of an ordinance or a resolution. The ordinance or resolution adopted to create each commission includes specific language describing the duties and responsibilities of that commission. Commissioners should become familiar with the legislated duties and responsibilities assigned to the commission on which they serve.
It should be remembered that commissions, boards and committees serve as advisory bodies to the City Council; they cannot commit City resources, direct staff, or establish policy for the City. Their primary role is to increase public input and participation in the determination of City policies and operating procedures.