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March 22, 2018

Current City of Cambridge Board and Commission Vacancies (Mar 22, 2018)

Filed under: Cambridge,Cambridge government — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 1:40 am

Central Square Advisory Committee Vacancy

City SealMar 22, 2018 – City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Central Square Advisory Committee. This committee helps review all major development actions in the Central Square Overlay District and monitors progress of the non-zoning recommendations of the K2C2 Study relevant to Central Square.

Members represent a cross section of stakeholders, which includes residents from abutting neighborhoods and representatives of Central Square’s business community. The Committee meets as needed to advise on non-zoning recommendations, undertake all Large Project Reviews, and review and comment on all Board of Zoning Appeal variances and special permits within the Overlay District. At this time, a representative of the Central Square business community (property owner, small and large scale merchant or office tenant) is being sought to fill a vacancy. This appointment, to be made by the City Manager, will serve a term of three years that will expire on September 15, 2020, with the option to renew.

The Committee meets, at minimum, every two months with additional meetings scheduled as required based on project review needs. For more information, contact Wendell T. Joseph at 617-349-9462 or, or visit the committee’s webpage at

Applications to serve on this committee can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at A cover letter and resume or applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline to submit an application is April 30, 2018.

Member Sought for Cambridge Police Review & Advisory Board

City SealMar 7, 2018 – City Manager Louis DePasquale is seeking Cambridge residents interested in serving on the Police Review & Advisory Board. Made up of volunteer members who serve five-year terms, the Board generally meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm, except for July and August.

The Police Review & Advisory Board was established by City Ordinance in 1984 to:

  • Provide for citizen participation in reviewing Police Department policies, practices and procedures;
  • Provide a prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by individuals against members of the Cambridge Police Department; and
  • Develop programs and strategies to promote positive police/community relations and to provide opportunities for productive discussions, improved understanding and innovative ways of resolving differences.

The Board consists of five Cambridge residents who are representative of the City’s racial, social and economic composition. Board Members must: possess a reputation for fairness, integrity and responsibility; have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and service; and be a resident of the City of Cambridge. For more information about the Board, see its web page at

Board Members serve as volunteers without compensation and are responsible for: reviewing and evaluating completed investigations to make findings on the allegations contained in each complaint; identifying needs for changes to police department policies, procedures or training and reporting findings and recommended solutions to the Police Commissioner and the City Manager; and assisting in education and outreach to promote awareness and understanding of the Board and strengthen community-police relations.

A letter of interest and brief résumé can be submitted online at by Apr 6, 2018. Paper applications are also available in the City Manager’s Office, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.

1 Comment »

  1. Best source of personality traits aimed at commercial proposals in the square is the BZA minutes archive:

    Reasoning such as “I bicycle and my friend almost got hit by a truck. Fast food will cause double parking and more traffic” prevents family landlords from securing reasonable tenants, like a city policy that could be nicknamed “rent zero.”

    Comment by george stylianopoulos — July 11, 2017 @ 8:31 am

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