Boards & Commissions


Boards and Commissions fulfill an important role in City government by evaluating issues which affect our community and making recommendations to the Council for needed action. Although most Boards / Commissions are advisory in nature, a few are decision-making entities.

The value of these bodies is a direct reflection of the interest and dedication of our citizens in making Midland a better place to live, and we encourage you to apply for appointment to any Board / Commission in which you may be interested.

Applications are particularly encouraged during the month of August, since most Board / Commission terms expire at the end of September, and application forms may be obtained from the City Secretary’s Office at any time. The City of Midland’s Boards and Commissions are described below.

How To Apply


Please download the application form to your computer. Fill it out the form completely including signature and email it to
IMPORTANT: You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. If you have filled out a form and not received an email please call (432) 685-7430.

In Person

Applications are available in the City Secretary’s office located at City Hall, 3rd Floor.


Learn More About a Boards or Commissions:

Airport Planning and Development Board:

  •  10 members, three-year terms
  • Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Third Floor Media Room at Midland International Air & Space Port.
  • Advises City Council and Airport Director regarding the promotion and development of Midland Industrial Park, Midland International Air & Space Port and Midland Airpark.
  • Staff Contact:  Justine Ruff  432-560-2200

Animal Services Advisory Commission:

  • 7 members, four-year terms
  • Meeting dates are January 18, March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19, and November 21 at 12:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Facility.
  • Advises City Council and the City’s Animal Services Division on animal control problems and compliance with regulations of State or other governmental entity.
  • Staff Contact:  Ty Coleman   432-685-7424

Building & Fire Code Review Committee/Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals:

  • 9 members, six-year terms
  • Board must consist of:
    • An Architect 
    • A Second Architect
    • A Fire Protection Contractor or Specialist
    • A General Contractor 
    • An Electrical Contractor
    • A Homebuilder
    • A Plumbing and Mechanical Contractor
    • A Structural Engineer 
    • A City Council Liaison
    • Meets as needed
    • Reviews the present building and fire codes of the City of Midland and advises the City Council of any additions or deletions thereto that the committee recommends.  Reviews new editions of the International Code Council Codes and makes recommendations to the Council concerning their adoption.  Upon request of the City Council, the committee shall also advise the Council on any other matters related to the building or fire codes that are brought to the Council’s attention from time to time.  Hears and decides appeals from orders, decisions or determinations made by the fire code official in accordance with International Building Code section 113.2 and the International Fire Code section 108.2.
    • Staff Contact:  Jeff Pinkstaff, 432-685-7388

Capital Improvement Advisory Committee:

  • 7 members, no designated terms 
  • A minimum of 40% must be representative of real estate, development, or building industries who are not employees or officials of a political subdivision or government entity. 
  • Advise and assist the City in adopting land use assumptions;   Reviews the capital improvements plan and file written comments;  Monitors and evaluates implementation of the capital improvements plan;  Files semiannual reports with respect to the perceived inequities in implementing the plan or imposing the impact fee; advises the City of the need to update or revise the land use assumptions, capital improvements plan, and impact fee and performs the duties of a capital improvements advisory committee described in Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code, as may be amended. 
  • Staff Contact: Jose Ortiz, 432-685-7288

 Citizens Development and Hotel/Motel Advisory Board:

  • 7 members, two-year terms
  • Meets as needed in the Basement Conference Room at City Hall, 300 N. Loraine.
  • Advises City Council on the matters of advertising the City of Midland and promoting its growth and development pursuant to Chapter 371 of the Texas Local Government Code and use of Hotel/Motel funds collected pursuant to Chapter 351 of the Texas tax Code. 
  • Staff Contact:   Amy Turner  432-685-7432

Midland Development Corporation:

  • 7 members, three-year terms
  • Meets monthly at City Hall, 300 N. Loraine, or other locations in the City as determined by the Board.
  • Administers funds, subject to City Council approval, to promote and develop new and expanded business enterprises.
  • Staff Contact:    Amy Turner  432-685-7432

Midland Downtown Park Conservancy:

  • 7 board members, three-year terms. Three board members appointed by the City of Midland.  
  • Meets six times per year, excluding special meetings and committee meetings. Regular board meetings occur on the second Wednesday of every other month, 3:30 PM CT at the Midland Chamber of Commerce’s office located at 303 W. Wall St., Suite 200, Midland, Texas 79701. 
  • Represents the City Council and the City of Midland on matters pertaining to Centennial Park located in Downtown Midland, which the City of Midland provides monetary support to. 
  • Staff Contact: Stephanie Martin, Executive Director of the Midland Downtown Park Conservancy; 432-687-8210;

Midland Housing Authority Commission:

  • 5 members, two-year terms
  • Meets 4th Monday of each month at 11:45 a.m. in the Conference Room, Midland Housing Authority, 700 W. Scharbauer.
  • Operates on behalf of local government to serve the housing authority needs of the community’s low-income housing for the elderly and disabled.
  • Contact:   Teressa Thompson 432-682-0011

Midland-Odessa Urban Transit District Board:

  • 12 members (6 from Midland, 6 from Odessa), two-year terms
  • Meets 4th Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at 10300 Younger Road, Midland, TX.
  • Provide oversight of the Transit System operating in Midland and Odessa.
  • Staff Contact:  Chuck Harrington  432-685-7442

Oil and Gas Advisory Committee:

  • 5 members (3 petroleum engineers or geologists, 2 with property development or real estate experience), three-year terms
  • Meets as needed.
  • Assists the City of Midland Planning Division with the administrative review of Oil and Gas Well Permit applications for (1) technical compliance with the requirements of Sec. 6-1-23 of the City code regarding Oil and Gas Well Permits issued on or after January 1, 2010, and (2) administrative completeness.  The Committee may also recommend a surface location where there is disagreement between the Operator and the owner.  The Committee is subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act, but functions in an advisory capacity only.
  • Staff Contact:  Ron Jenkins  432-685-7402

Parks and Recreation Commission:

  • 9 members, three-year terms
  • Meets six times per year typically on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2300 Butternut Lane.
  • Advises the City Council and Community Services Department concerning all matters pertaining to public parks and recreation in the City.
  • See Scheduled Meetings Here
  • Staff Contact:  Cristina Odenborg-Burns 432-685-7331

Permian Basin Community Center for MH/MR (PermiaCare):

  • PermiaCare is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees that are appointed by the cities and counties they serve.
  • The City of Midland appoints 2 members, two-year terms
  • Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at 401 E. Illinois Ave. Ste. 100, Midland, TX.
  • Designs programs of mental health and intellectual development disability services and determines how local funds, contributed by each party, shall be spent.
  • Contact:  Amber Pyle  432-570-3333

Personnel Board of Appeals:

  • 3 members, no designated terms
  • Meets as needed at a time and place to be determined.
  • Considers appeals of city employees regarding disciplinary action and determines what action may be taken regarding the employee’s appeal.
  • Staff Contact:  Mark Widmann 432-685-7247

Planning and Zoning Commission:

  • 7 members and 2 alternates, three-year terms
  • Meets every other Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 300 N. Loraine.
  • Considers issues regarding developments and improvements of property within the City limits and makes recommendations to the City Council.
  • Staff Contact:  Elizabeth Shaughnessy 432-685-7902

Zoning Board of Adjustment and Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment:

  • 5 members and 4 alternate members, two-year terms
  • Meets as needed at a time and place to be determined.
  • Makes decisions on appeals from determinations made by the Building Official, regarding special exceptions and specific variances.
  • Staff Contact: Jeff Pinkstaff  432-685-7388

Revised: August 31, 2021