Hi, Britt. Your question brings to mind different kinds of appeals boards that are staffed by citizens, such as the Zoning Board of Appeals or Board of Assessment Appeals. Because these are rather common, I suspect you mean something slightly different. In my own jurisdiction and division, I have a Board which reviews business license decisions (such as audits), which is comprised of five members, required to include CPA's, business owners/executives, and one attorney. This board was designed to have this group of professionals in an effort to de-politicize the review process. This has worked, but I have discovered that professionals have their own bias - wanting to "help" other businesses rather than reviewing cases factually for errors. Still, I believe it is advantageous to have professionals/experts on boards to review issues with which they have much experience. Perhaps a better example of what you may be looking for in our jurisdiction is a citizen-based committee, Transportation Penny Advisory Committee, to "review, comment, on, and provide recommendations to Richland County Council regarding the Council’s use of the one-cent additional sales tax that voters approved in the November 2012 referendum." You can learn more about this at http://www.rcgov.us/Government/Committees/TransportationPennyAdvisoryCom.... As for your consideration of starting a board, I recommend that much thoughtful consideration be given about the purpose and scope of the board, because sometimes boards can take on a life of their own that is sometimes not quite what was intended. I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck to you. Citizen engagement in their government is always a good thing, but care does need to be given.