Opportunities to Get Involved and Make A Difference

Whatcom County has recently published an updated list of boards and commissions which have vacant positions which need to be filled by willing and able people who live in Whatcom County. Many of these boards and committees provide recommendations that can be considered by the County Council to make changes in the way we conduct our lives and businesses here. Please take a moment to look over the list of vacancies and putting your name into the hat for consideration. ~ LR

The following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note at the end of each narrative it will indicate Executive- appointed or Council- appointed. For those appointments made by the  Whatcom County Council the deadline for those applications has been extended to 10:00 a.m. January 23, 2018. 

If you have questions place contact the Whatcom County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the Whatcom County Executive’s office at 360-778-5200.

Applications are available from the Whatcom County Executive 360-778-5200, or the Whatcom County Council 360-778-5018. Or online at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/1584/How-to-Apply

County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions information may be found on line at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/5946

 

 

Council-appointed and Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed vacancies

Appointments made by the County Council

 

Executive-appointed vacancies

Appointments made by the County Executive

and confirmed by the County Council

Mail Applications to:    County Council Office

Whatcom County Courthouse

311 Grand Avenue, Ste 105

Bellingham, WA 98225

For more information:   360-778-5010

Mail applications to:     Executive’s Office

Whatcom County Courthouse

311 Grand Avenue, Ste 108

Bellingham, WA 98225

For more information:   360-778-5200

 ACME/VAN ZANDT FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

3 vacancies, 4-year term. 1 Current member eligible to reapply.           Applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The Committee is an integral part of the program reviewing the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discusses and recommends budget appropriation, and is a liaison with the public at meetings.  The Committee has special meetings throughout the year as needed.  Council acting as Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed.

AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy – agricultural programs expert.  Board assists in the implementation of numerous policies and tasks relating to protecting and enhancing the long-term viability of agriculture.  The thirteen members of the AAC meet monthly from October through April and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed

AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE

3 Vacancies – 2 appointment pending.  The committee meets periodically to provide guidance to the County regarding making its facilities and programs accessible to those with disabilities. The committee also reviews the ADA coordinator’s complaint resolution decisions and makes necessary recommendations for improvements to accessibility.  Members meet as needed and serve a three year term. Executive-appointed.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

1 Vacancy, 3-year term representing County Council District 4

Applicant must reside in Council District 4. The Board ensures that all properties are valued at 100% of market value. The Board may equalize property values by either lowering or raising land/building assessments. The Board generally meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with occasional Tuesday meetings as the caseload requires. Members receive $75 per diem for attending hearings.  Council-appointed.

CLIMATE IMPACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

11 Vacancies – 7 of the members will have previous work or educational experience in subjects including climate change, renewable energy development, energy conservation, energy sector, waste reduction and recycling, farming, food security, land use planning, municipal government and flood mitigation and planning.  Elected officials and staff from the cities within the county are eligible and encouraged to participate as members. Council-appointed.

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT

4 vacancies, various terms. Members must have a direct interest in the shellfish protection district.  Duties are to advise the County Council on the proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District. Council-appointed.

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

8 Vacancies.

  • 4 Vacancies representing geographical areas. 1 is a partial term ending 1/31/2020, 3 are 4-year terms.

(2 members eligible to reapply)

  • 2 vacancies representing Special Districts. 1-year terms, current members eligible to reapply.
  • 2 vacancies representing Impacted Cities. 1-year terms, current members eligible to reapply.
  • Any person interested in serving on the advisory committee may be appointed as an alternate for a term of six years. Alternate members shall be notified of each meeting and are encouraged to attend.

Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in performing flood damage repairs, maintenance and improvements, and minimizing future flood damage through prevention and management on the Nooksack River, its watershed, and the other watersheds within Whatcom County.  Meets the second Thursday of the month or as needed.  Council acting as Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed.

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

3 Vacancies, various terms

  • 1 Vacancy for a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee)
  • 2 Vacancies for a forest product manufacturer

The Forestry Advisory Committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council on issues that affect the forestry industry.  The Forestry Advisory Committee also provides a forum for all sectors of the forestry community to contribute to discussions on the future of forestry in Whatcom County. Meets the third Thursday of the month. Council-appointed.  

INCARCERATION PREVENTION AND REDUCTION TASK FORCE

6 Vacancies: Current members eligible to reapply.

  • 1 Member – Must be a representative of one of the following: Community Health Center – Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Partial Term ending 1/31/2020.
  • 1 Member – Emergency Medical Services – 4 year term – Current member eligible to reapply
  • 2 Members – Community Action Agency– 4 year term – Current members eligible to reapply
  • 1 Member – Consumer– 4 year term – Current member eligible to reapply
  • 1 member – Citizen– 4 year term – Current member eligible to reapply

The Task Force reviews Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and makes specific recommendations to safely and effectively reduce incarceration of individual struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimize jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safety be released. Council-appointed.

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

3 Vacancies

  • 2 Vacancies- Current members eligible to reapply. Applicants must be a resident or property owner on Lummi Island
  • 1 Vacancy – County resident not living or owning property on Lummi Island. -Current member eligible to reapply.

The Committee provides review and recommendations to the County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of ferry service to Lummi Island. Review includes: proposed changes to ferry operations and fares; an annual review of the ferry fund; demands of and improvements to ferry services; and ferry replacement options.  Meets monthly. Council-appointed.

LYNDEN/EVERSON FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

3 Vacancies  4-year term. 1 Current member is eligible to reapply.       Applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The Committee is an integral part of the program reviewing the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discusses and recommends budget appropriation, and is a liaison with the public at meetings.  The Committee has special meetings throughout the year as needed. Council acting as Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed.

NORTHWEST SENIOR SERVICES BOARD

1 Vacancy.  This board serves as advisors to the Area Agency on Aging in order to develop and enhance a comprehensive service delivery system which meets the physical, social, and psychological needs of older people, people with disabilities, their families, friends, and caregivers.  The majority of board members are older adults who represent local governments, minority groups, and citizen, professional, and community organizations.  The full Board meets the third Thursday of January, March, May, June, September and October and members participate on committees and advocacy/community events numerous times per year. Three-year term. Executive appointed. Executive-appointed.

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

4 Vacancies. This committee serves in an advisory capacity to the county assessor in implementing assessment guidelines as established by the department of revenue for the assessment of     open space, farms and agricultural lands, and timber lands. Council-appointed.

PLANNING COMMISSION

3 Vacancies, 4-year terms Current members eligible to reapply. Applicants must be a resident of County Council District 1, 4 or 5.  The Planning Commission shall assist the Planning & Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution the comprehensive plan and recommendations to the department for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments.  The Commission shall conduct hearings as required under RCW 36.70, and shall make findings and conclusions that shall be transmitted to the Planning and Development Services Department and County Council. The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the evenings. Council-appointed.

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT

3 vacancies –  1 Current member eligible to re-apply 4 year term. 1 appointment is for partial term ending 1/31/2019, 1 appointment for  partial term ending 1/31/2021.Members must have a direct interest in the shellfish protection district. Duties are to advise the County Council on the proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District. Council-appointed.

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) COMMITTEE

4 Vacancies – 2 appointments pending.  Open applicant positions are for: a farmer, and an individual representing farm-supporting businesses or farm supplier.  This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County.  The program enhances the protection of the County’s farmland, enhances the long-term viability of agricultural enterprises within the County and provides public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use.  Meets on a quarterly basis, as needed; four-year term. Executive-appointed

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

6 Vacancies

  • 1 vacancy Citizen representative – partial term ending 1/31/2019
  • 1 vacancy representing agriculture
  • 2 vacancies representing Public Interest Group, 1 current member eligible to reapply, 1 is a partial term ending 1/31/2020.
  • 1 vacancy representing Waste Recycling Industry.
  • 1 vacancy representing Waste Collection Industry, current member eligible to reapply

No two representatives can be from the same company or public interest group. The committee provides ongoing public input and advice to Whatcom County on solid waste management issues. Generally meets quarterly on Thursday evenings, but meeting schedule and frequency subject to change upon committee approval. Council-appointed.

SURFACE MINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1 vacancy, 4-year term. Applicant must be an ecologist.  Committee advises the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department and the Whatcom County Council on implementing a surface mining regulatory program consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.  Committee has been inactive, but may reactivate to consider the mineral resource lands section of the Comprehensive Plan in 2015.  This committee is on hiatus, but may meet as needed. Council-appointed.

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

11 Vacancies – 4 year term

Seven of the 11 members will have technical expertise in wildlife and habitat management or current or past professional experience such as, but not limited to, at least one of the following: wetlands manager, wildlife biologist, population biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation specialist, forestry protection, and tribal representative. Agriculture or land development representatives are encouraged to apply for at least two of the remaining four positions.  IF APPLICABLE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR TECHNICAL EXPERTISE ON YOUR APPLICATION. Council-appointed.

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