The council committees are appointed by the Mayor, usually at the first official meeting of a newly seated council.  The main objective of appointing these committees is to allow individual council members to be more fully immersed in their respective department plans that may require council support without the full council’s involvement.  The committee will then bring the issue to the full council, if necessary.  In this way, every council member does not have to be well versed on every issue. They function much like the Planning Commission, in that the commission does most of the leg work and gives its recommendation to the council.  The Mayor generally tries to change up the appointments so that council members have an opportunity to use their particular skill set and to work more closely with different department heads.