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. Historically, Police Board members have been hand-selected by the Mayor. Because of a City law passed in July 2022, 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. At this time, there are three open positions on the Police Board. Anyone interested in serving on the Police Board must complete an application. Instructions for submitting the application are included at the end of the application.

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