Residents invited to apply for openings on Library Board, city commissions


The City of Redlands invites individuals to apply for positions on the A.K. Smiley Library Board of Trustees, the Cultural Arts and the Human Relations commissions. Deadline for filing applications is Dec.19. Members are appointed by the City Council.                                                          

The A.K. Smiley Library Board of Trustees consists of five members, appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council.  The trustees hold office for three-year terms. One member of the board is selected as President of the board.

The State Education Code mandates that “the public library shall be managed by a board of library trustees.” The Library Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.

The Board may make and enforce all rules, regulations and bylaws necessary for the administration, government and protection of the library and all property belonging thereto.  The Board may administer trusts created for the Library and receive gifts by devise or bequests, hold property in trust in California or elsewhere, and dispose of property for the benefit of the Library. Since 1922, the Trustees have managed an Endowment Fund, income from which supplements and enriches the Library’s programs, acquisitions and well-being. 

By City Council resolution in 1932 affirming Robert Watchorn’s Deed of Gift, the Library Trustees administer the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. In 2001, by City Council resolution, the Trustees also administer the Redlands Municipal Museum.

The Cultural Arts Commission promotes public interest in arts, recommends new arts programs and sources of funding for those programs, assists the City Council by recommending policies to encourage, develop and support the arts in Redlands, and advises the City Council in the administration of the City’s “Art in Public Places” program.

The Cultural Arts Commission meets bi-monthly on the second Monday of odd-numbered months at 4 p.m.

The Human Relations Commission was established to foster peaceful relations among persons of different races and national origins. This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and to aid the City in achieving better human relations by providing assistance to all persons or groups in promoting good will and better relations among all people. 

The Human Relations Commission meets on the third Monday of odd-numbered months at 5:45 p.m.

Residents interested in applying for any of these non-salaried positions may request application forms from the City Manager’s Office, Civic Center, 35 Cajon Street, Suite 200,  Phone:  798-7510, or by downloading an application from the City’s website at