Washington citizens can serve the community in many ways.

By volunteering to serve on a city board or commission, you can help make decisions that make Washington a better place in which to live. Washington’s mayor and City Council rely on the direct input and feedback provided by the citizens who volunteer to serve on its advisory boards and commissions.

The boards and commissions include the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Building Board of Review, Board of Police Commissioners, Police Pension Board, Liquor Commission, and Board of Managers of Glendale Cemetery. Click here to learn about the responsibilities of each board and commission. If you are interested in serving on an advisory board or commission, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to Valeri Brod, City Clerk by mail at 301 Walnut Street, Washington, IL 61571 or by email vbrod@ci.washington.il.us. While the positions are unpaid, the time commitment is minimal. We seek individuals who are highly motivated with a willingness to learn and act in the best interest of the community.

The Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are also seeking out volunteer members. The Washington Fire Department, an independent, not-for-profit corporation under contract with the City, relies on its volunteer members in its service to the community. Contact the Fire Chief at the Fire Station (309)444.2511 for information about becoming a volunteer firefighter. You may also visit their website at http://washingtonfd.com for more information. The Washington Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is a municipal agency comprised of volunteers that provide additional manpower and resources for public safety. Contact the Police Department at (309)444.2313 for information about becoming a volunteer.