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Resource Guide for Members of Public Boards and Commissions

If you serve as a member on a state, county or local board, your work is important. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) encourages you to use this guide to understand your obligations and to help you perform your duties as a public board member to the best of your abilities.

Organization: Office of the Inspector General
Date published: December 15, 2017

Who Should Use This Guide?

If your board has a role in overseeing the public manager leading a public organization – or if your board provides input on a public program, the use of public funds or the care of public property – you should read this guide. Similarly, if you are a member of a board that provides advice or recommendations to a public organization, this guide will help you fulfill your duties as a board member.

Public boards take many forms, such as:

  • Public university boards of trustees
  • Redevelopment authority boards of trustees
  • Municipal light department boards of commissioners
  • Housing authority boards
  • Town finance committees
  • Library boards of trustees
  • Municipal select boards
  • Economic development authorities
  • School committees
  • Any elected or appointed member of a state or municipal level governing body

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