Every state has Boards and Commissions that oversee different agencies, promote different policies, activities or events, and oversees other government functions. The Governor has the power to create and appoint members to state Boards and Commissions. Depending on the legal creation and composition of the board or commission the appointment of members can require different processes.
- If a board member needs Senate confirmation to serve on the board, then the process would require vetting of the member and then submission of the nomination to the state Senate for confirmation and then notification of the member of confirmation and usually further notification to the Secretary of State of the confirmation.
- On some boards, the appointment is at the sole discretion of the Governor. This process requires the vetting and review of the nomination and then the appointment to the board or commission.
Some states have local or county boards and commissions, these board usually receive nominations for the various legislative delegations representing the locality nominating the person. These nominations usually require a background check for conflicts of interest, finance and criminality and these functions are carried out by the Governor’s office.