Commission, Chair or Member

How to Address the Chair of a Commission
How to Address a Member of a Commission


‘Mr. Commissioner’. ‘Commissioner’ or ‘Commissioner (Name)’ are forms used when addressing a singular official who is someone with a THE in front of ‘Commissioner’. This includes officials such as the Commissioner of Baseball, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue, or the Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office …. not someone serving as a member of a city commission.

How to Address a Member of Commission?

How would one address an appointed member of a city commission (in this case, a member of the city arts commission)? Would he be:
—-The Honorable Wilson Harding
—-Commissioner Wilson Harding
—-Mr. Wilson Harding
———————– Mickey

Dear Mickey:

Appointed officials are not ‘the Honorable’ unless they are very, very high. For example, someone appointed by the President of the United States (POTUS) or your state’s governor and individually approved by the Senate.  I don’t think your officials are on that level.

Below are forms of address for a ‘chair of the commission’ and ‘members of a commission’ – note they are not ‘commissioners’.

Member of a Commission
Use ‘Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name)’ for a member of a commission. Use the honorific they normally use:

Official envelope:
Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)

—-(Name of Commission)

Salutation or conversation:
—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname):

—-Which looks like:
—-—-Mr. Wilson Harding
—-—-Arlington County Arts Commission
—-—-3456 78th Street
—-—-Arlington, Virginia 22201

—-Salutation or conversation:
—-—-Dear Mr. Harding:

Chairman of a Commission
Typically those on commission are a ‘chair’ and ‘member’ of a commission – and are not addressed as ‘Commissioner (Name)’.  It is possible someone might orally address him/her as ‘Commissioner’ or ‘Commissioner (Name)’. But in writing the chair of a commission is ‘Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name)’ and is identified as the ‘chair’.  Use this form:

Official envelope:
—-Mr./Ms./Dr./Etc. (Full Name)
—-(Name of Commission)

—-Dear Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name):

—-Which looks like:
——–Ms. Virginia Inge
——–Arlington County Arts Commission
——–3456 78th Street
——–Arlington, Virginia 22201

—-Salutation or conversation:
——–Dear Ms. Inge:

– Robert Hickey

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— Robert Hickey

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