The voluntary participation of Atherton's citizens in the operation of the Town government is critical to the City Council's and the Town staff's success in serving the community. The City Council has established several committees and a commission composed mainly of volunteers. Volunteers to specific commission or committees are appointed by the City Council and charged with the responsibilities of gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing the information relevant to their areas of responsibility and providing the City Council and Town staff with advice and recommendations.
The Council and staff rely on this advice for the development and execution of Town policies. Citizen involvement is the hallmark of Atherton government, and the Town encourages all residents to participate.