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Mayor Morse touts progress on diversifying city boards and commissions, seeks applications for openings.

Mayor Alex Morse has delivered on his promise to increase diversity and inclusion in Holyoke’s government. Since taking office, Mayor Alex Morse worked to ensure that Holyoke’s city departments, boards and commissions are more representative of the community they serve. Through these appointments, Mayor Morse has sought to empower everyday Holyoke residents to see themselves as an integral part of the city’s improvement efforts, as many volunteers gain knowledge, confidence, and some go on to run for office or seek other ways to give back to their community in the future.

“In order for government to be truly responsive to its constituents, people in government positions need to reflect the community at large. Yet too often our institutions are severely lacking proper representation of voices particularly from people of color and women. No community can be properly served when half its population is absent from the table where decisions are made. That is why I have made it a priority to appoint more women and people of color as members of boards and commissions, as well as department heads,” Mayor Morse said.

When Mayor Morse took office in January 2012, women made up 36% of all members on mayoral-appointed city boards and commissions; today 46% of those members are women. Furthermore, in 2012, only 8% of all members on city boards and commissions were people of color; today, 25% of all members on those boards and commissions are people of color. “While this is great progress, there is still more work to be done. We currently have several vacancies, and I’m asking interested residents to consider volunteering for various boards and commissions. This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to serve their community,” Mayor Morse added.

For more information on Holyoke’s boards and commissions please visit our boards-and-commisions page. Anyone interested in applying to serve on a board or commission is asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Mayor’s Office or by e-mail at:

The deadline for applications is April 11, 2018

Posted on March 27, 2018 by