Capitol City Convention Center Commission was created to explore the feasibility of locating a convention center in downtown Jackson. The committee identified stakeholders, recommended financing strategies, and developed a timeline.
Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals hears and decides appeals and requests for variances from the Standard Building Code. Persons serving on this Board should have knowledge and experience in the technical codes, such as design professionals, building contractors, industry representatives, and two alternates serving one year terms, one from the building industry at large and one from the general public. This Board consists of seven (7) members, serving four-year terms.
Civil Service Commission provides functional, orderly, and uniform systems for the administration of civil service on the basis of merit, efficiency, and fitness; assures citizens of capacity and ability an equal opportunity to compete for positions in public service; and increases the efficiency of the governmental departments by the improvement of methods of personnel administration. This Commission consists of three members, serving six-year terms.
Electrical Examining Board conducts examinations for the issuance of an electrician's license, receive complaints, conduct hearings, revoke licenses, make investigations and recommend to the city council from time to time amendments and changes in electrical regulations and procedure. This Board consists of three master electricians, two professional electrical engineers, one representative having business or technical training and experience other than an electrical contractor and one from the public at large, each Ward represented, serving three-year terms.
Fire Board of Adjustment and Appeals hears and decides appeals and request for variances from the Standard Fire Prevention Code. Persons serving on this Board should have knowledge and experience in the technical and standard building codes, such as design professionals, building contractors, and industry representatives. This Board consists of seven members, serving four-year terms.
Flood Plain Management Board of Review and Appeals hears and decides appeals and request for variances from the requirements of the Flood Plain Ordinance. This Board is comprised of persons from the areas of engineering, architecture and construction. This is a seven-member Board, serving three-year terms.
Historic Preservation Commission implements, provides for, plans to conduct, and causes to be conducted studies and surveys of architectural, archeological, cultural and historic resources within the City. The Commission recommends to the City the adoption of ordinances designating landmarks, landmark sites, and historic districts. The Commission reviews applications proposing erection, alteration, restoration, demolition, and movement of any landmark and landmark site or building within a historic district and shall approve or deny certificates. The Commission is authorized to apply for, receive, hold and spend funds from private and public sources. Members of the Commission should have expertise in the fields of architecture, history, urban planning, archaeology or law. This is a seven-member Commission with two at large members, serving three-year terms.
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Boardoversees all matters concerning the airports under its jurisdiction: the Jackson International Airport and Hawkins Field. The Board consists of five members, serving five-year terms.
Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau Boardoversees the convention and tourism business for the City of Jackson. This Board is authorized by Senate Bill #3080 and is composed of representatives from the hotel, restaurant, and entertainment industry. This is a nine-member Board, serving four-year terms.
Jackson Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners is the governing Board for all urban renewal projects. This includes the rehabilitation, conservation and redevelopment of areas of Jackson as is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morale, and welfare of the residents of the City. This is a seven-member Commission, serving five-year terms.
Jackson Housing Authority is a quasi-public body whose primary function is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income families. A five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council to serve five-year, staggered terms is the governing authority. The Housing Authority owns and manages three housing developments: Whiterock Homes, Willow Grove Apartments, and Golden Key Apartments. The Housing Authority is the contract administrator for seven Section 8 developments: Metro Manor, Belhaven Manor, Apple Manor, Berwood Apartments, Lakeview Manor, North Hills Apartment and Rebelwood Apartments. This is a five-member Commission, serving five-year terms.
Jackson Metro Parkway Commission is an inter-local cooperation Commission, authorized by Senate Bill 3076, the City of Jackson, Hinds County, and Jackson State University, to fulfill its statutory role to facilitate the implementation of the Metro Parkway Project and to advise the State Bond Commission regarding the necessity of issuing bonds. The City of Jackson has five members on this Commission.
Jackson/Hinds Library SystemAdministration Boardsupervises the care and custody of all library property; it has employment and dismissal authority over all library personnel. It establishes salaries and submits an annual budget to the governing authority. This board has exclusive control of the system's finances, accepts gifts to the library, does all purchasing, disposes of all library materials, and does other acts necessary for the orderly and efficient management and control of the Library System. This is a seven-member Board, serving five-year terms.
Municipal Election Committee is responsible for conducting all municipal special and general elections. This is a seven-member Committee, serving four-year terms.
Mechanical Board conducts examinations, grants licenses, receives complaints, conducts hearings, revokes licenses, makes investigations, and recommends to the City Council amendments and changes in plumbing, gas, and air conditioning regulations and procedure. This is a ten-member Board, serving three-year terms.
Planning Board coordinates physical development in accordance with present and future needs of the City and assists the City Council in preparation and extension of an official plan through the authority of the City Council. This Board is meant to create a better, more healthful, convenient, efficient, and attractive city environment; to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; and to facilitate adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks and other public requirements in accordance with a carefully thought out, comprehensive official plan to serve both present and future needs of the City. The members of this Board preside over all zoning matters. This is a fifteen-member Board, serving four-year terms.
Traffic Calming Committee oversees the selection, implementation, evaluation, and removal of traffic calming devices within the City of Jackson after reviews and recommendations from the staff. The Committee is responsible for holding public hearings and must develop and maintain a sample list of acceptable traffic calming devices used in the City of Jackson. This is a seven-member committee, serving three-year terms.
Vicksburg/Jackson Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. establishes, maintains, and carries on a program of economic development and to assist the growth, development, and international competitiveness of business firms in Mississippi. The Board is the grantee of privilege to establish, operate, and maintain a foreign-trade zone at, among other sites, the Port of Vicksburg and the Jackson International Airport. This Committee consists of thirteen members, five of whom represent the City of Jackson, serving four-year terms.
THE MAYOR'S AD HOC COMMITTEES
The Mayor has created several committees, which are intended to help him reach his goals and complete his agenda. These committees are comprised of private citizens who volunteer their services to the Mayor for a specific project. Each committee reflects the make up of the City of Jackson and continues as long as it is necessary to reach the objective. Any citizen who is interested in public service and wants to serve on the committees below should contact the Mayor's Office.
The Mayor's Disability Advisory Committee insures that citizens from the disabled community have representatives to voice their concerns about the City of Jackson. This Committee is comprised of six citizens from the disabled community. The Committee meets quarterly with the Mayor's Office to express any concerns that have been brought to their attention and to make a contribution from the disabled community to making Jackson the "Best of the New South."
Jackson 2022 Bi-Centennial Celebration Committee coordinates and acts as a clearinghouse for diverse activities that may be undertaken.
Presently in the City there exists a number of boards and commissions engaged in planning for specialized and specific fields. The intent of these boards and commissions are to have input from citizens who represent each ward concerning the effect departmental decisions will have on the community and the City. One of the most important duties of these divisions, authorized by the Code of Ordinances, is to engage in planning for the development of the City and its entire metropolitan area.
Under the Mayor-Council form of government, the Code of Ordinances vests the Mayor with the power to appoint all members of any board, authority, and commission with confirmation by a majority of the City Council members present and voting.