Authorities, Boards, & Commissions

GET-INVOLVED-VOLUNTEER-TODAYCity of Douglas Authorities, Boards, and Commissions give citizens a voice in local government. They provide a means to influence decisions that shape the quality of life for citizens. 

The City of Douglas provides numerous opportunities for citizens to serve the community through various Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Advisory Committees. The primary goal of an appointment to one of these entities is to provide a greater opportunity for citizens of Douglas to have active participation in advising local government before decisions are made that will affect citizens. 

Through participation on an Authority, Board, or Committee, citizens can have an active voice in their government.

Authority, Board, or Committee Volunteer Application

To serve on a board or committee, please download and complete the board, committee, and authority application (PDF).  Return completed volunteer application in person to the City Clerk's office located at City Hall, 224 E. Bryan Street or email wbolder@cityofdouglas.com.. 


  • Air Base Preservation Committee
  • Airport Commission
  • Cemetery Committee
  • Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Coffee County Historical Society
  • Douglas-Coffee County Board of Appeals
  • Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Douglas-Coffee County Teen Court
  • Douglas Greenway Trail Committee
  • Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Economic Development Authority
  • Ethics Committee
  • Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Committee
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Indigent Committee
  • Keep Douglas Beautiful Board
  • Land Bank Authority
  • Library Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Utility Improvement Committee
  • Veterans Park Committee
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

CEMETERY COMMITTEE

An advisory council to the Mayor and Commission regarding operations and regulation of the Douglas City Cemetery.

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A advisory board that provides citizen input concerning city policies, procedures, etc. and makes recommendations to the City Commission.  The board is comprised of (8) members: one member from each City Ward, one at large member and the Mayor.

COFFEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Oversees the operation of the Heritage Station Museum and makes recommendations to the Community Development Director, City Manager and Commission regarding the operations and programming for Heritage Station Museum.

DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Joint authority that is responsible for promoting industry and trade in Coffee County by supporting existing industry operations and expansions and acts as the point of contact for industrial recruitment efforts. 

 Link to Douglas Coffee County EDA

DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

Advises the Board of Commissioners and Parks and Recreation Director on administrative matters regarding programs, facilities, and services of the Parks and Recreation Department.  

Link to Douglas Coffee County Parks and Recreation Commission Ordinance

Link to Douglas Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department

DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

A joint city-county advisory board to the city commission, county commission and administration that makes recommendations to the city commission regarding the Joint Coffee County-City of Douglas Comprehensive Plan, Unified Land Development Code, Zoning Map in the form of zoning and rezoning and annexations into the city as well as other duties. The Commission consists of seven regular members. Four of the members shall be residents or business owners of the city, appointed by the city commission and three of the members shall be residents of the County, appointed by the Coffee County Board of County Commission.

Link to the Douglas Coffee County Planning Commission Ordinance

DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY TEEN COURT

Teen Court is a juvenile diversion program for first time offenders who have committed misdemeanor offenses and who recognize the error of their ways and desire a second chance. Juveniles who admit guilt before the juvenile court judge are eligible for the program. Those who are accepted and successfully complete the 90 day program, will not be an adjudicated delinquent. The goal of Teen Court is to intervene and reduce the incidences and escalations of law breaking behaviors.

DOUGLAS GREENWAY TRAIL COMMITTEE

Committee that meets to discuss the Greenway Trail project and plans for expansion.

DOUGLAS HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD

Six member Board appointed by the Mayor for five (5) year terms and governs the Housing Authority.

DOUGLAS MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL

The mission of the Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council (DMYC) is to broaden the scope of youth leadership in Douglas, Georgia through volunteerism, service, and initiatives that are directed towards allowing youth input into policy issues, identifying youth issues, and participating in the development of positive solutions. 

Link to Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council Ordinance

Link to Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council

ETHICS COMMITTEE

A committee that oversees any complaints regarding ethics of the Mayor and/or City Commissioners. Consists of three persons. At least one member shall be an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. All members shall be residents of the city and shall serve a three-year term. Members of the ethics committee must be approved by at least a four-fifths vote of the mayor and commission and shall be appointed initially in such manner as to permit one term to terminate each year.  

Link to Ethics Committee Ordinance

GEORGIA INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING COMMITTEE (G.I.C.H.)

Advocates and promotes the use of strategies and programs to help communities create and launch a locally based plan to meet housing needs. 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

Purpose and intent is to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscape features having a special historical, cultural, or aesthetic interest or value, in accordance with the Code of Ordinance.  All members reside in the City of Douglas and shall be persons who have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources.  

Link to Historic Preservation Ordinance

KEEP DOUGLAS BEAUTIFUL BOARD

Formed in 2021, the Keep Douglas Beautiful is a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate.

LIBRARY BOARD

An advisory board that makes recommendations to the Regional Library System regarding Satilla Regional Library.

VETERANS COMMITTEE

Formed to bring awareness to Veterans and our Veterans Park located at Douglas Municipal Airport.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

An appeals board for zoning issues within the City of Douglas.  It is the intention of this board to seek answers to questions arising in connection with the interpretation and enforcement of zoning.  Appeals shall first be presented to the city manager, and questions shall be presented to the board of zoning appeals only on appeal from the decision of the city manager, and from the decision of the board of zoning appeals, recourse shall be to the courts as provided by the law. The zoning board of appeals shall consist of three regular members, and two alternate members, appointed by the mayor. 

Link to Zoning Board of Appeals Ordinance

For More Information

For more information about City of Douglas boards and committees, please email the City Clerk’s office or call at (912) 389-3405.