Interested in Serving on the Police Board?

The Police Board is integral to ensuring public safety and accountability in Chicago. It is responsible for making difficult disciplinary decisions for officers accused of misconduct. More information about the Police Board is available here.

Nomination and Appointment Process

Historically, Police Board members have been hand-selected by the mayor. Because of a City law passed in July 2021, the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability is now responsible for nominating candidates to serve on the Police Board. For every vacancy on the Police Board, the Community Commission must nominate three candidates and give their names to the mayor. The mayor may either select one of the three nominees or ask the Commission for a new list of three nominees. The process will continue until the mayor appoints a candidate. The mayor’s appointed candidate must then be voted on by the full City Council.

The Community Commission recognizes the importance of ensuring that Chicagoans from all communities have a voice that impacts public safety and accountability and is committed to ensuring that Police Board members are representative of our entire City. Accordingly, the Commission has developed an open selection process for Police Board members.

Applications will remain open on a rolling basis. If you submit an application at a time when no seats are opening or up for reappointment, the Commission will keep your application on file to be considered in the future.

Click here to review the Commission’s Police Board Member Selection Procedures, last adopted August 31, 2023.

Apply Now to be a Member of the Police Board

The Commission is actively accepting and reviewing applications for multiple seats that are up for reappointment and one seat that will open on August 10, 2023.
Apply now if you are interested in being considered for the Board by submitting the following items to

It is the Commission’s great hope that qualified Chicagoans will recognize the importance of the Police Board and will come forward to serve.