Whatcom County accepting applications for board and commission vacancies

By Stefanie Donahue

There are a number of vacancies on various county boards and commissions ready to be filled by eager applicants. The deadline to apply for one of them is 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9.

All positions are appointed by either Whatcom County Council or county executive Jack Louws.

Eligible applicants must live and be registered to vote in Whatcom County and must also meet residency, employment and, if applicable, other, more specific, requirements. Applications can be found online at bit.ly/2ogYPSl or picked up at the Whatcom County Executive’s office, 311 Grand Avenue, suite 108 in Bellingham.

Here’s a full list of positions that are open to residents in north Whatcom County:

Agricultural Advisory Committee: one vacancy for an agricultural programs expert serving a four-year term. The committee meets monthly from October through April and implements policies and tasks that help sustain Whatcom County’s agricultural industry.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Committee: three vacancies for positions serving a three-year term. The committee meets as needed to help the county ensure its facilities and programs are ADA-accessible.

Behavioral Health Advisory Board: one vacancy for a mental health recovery advocate serving a three-year term. The board meets bi-monthly and advises the county health department on matters related to behavioral health programs.

Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence: one vacancy for a human service provider and one vacancy for a health care provider for positions serving a four-year term. The commission meets monthly to help victims of domestic violence.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee: four vacancies for positions serving a four-year term. The committee meets monthly to develop programs that improve safety for bikers.

Climate Impact Advisory Committee: 11 vacancies for positions that require work or educational experience on matters related to climate change, renewable energy development, energy conservation, the energy sector, waste reduction, food security and more.

County Appeals Board: one vacancy for an at-large position and two vacancies open to members of the construction trade serving a three-year term. The board meets as needed and reviews rules on appeals of orders made by building officials or fire marshals.

Development Standards Technical Advisory Committee: two vacancies for positions that require knowledge of development standards and serve a maximum of two, two-year terms. The committee meets as needed and reviews Whatcom County Development Standards.

Developmental Disabilities Board: three vacancies for positions serving a three-year term. The board advises the county about services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District: four vacancies for positions serving various term lengths. Members meet each month and issue recommendations to the Whatcom County Council about ways to restore water quality in the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District.

Ethics Commission: one vacancy for a position serving a four-year term. The commission meets as needed and receives complaints of ethics violations and administers the Code of Ethics.

Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee: eight vacancies serving various term lengths. The committee advises the county’s board of supervisors on flood-related issues.

Forestry Advisory Committee: one vacancy for a commercial forest landowner or qualified candidate and two vacancies for forest product manufacturers serving various term lengths. The committee advises the county council about issues that impact the forestry industry.

Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force: six vacancies for positions serving various term lengths. The task force reviews Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health programs and recommends ways to reduce the rate of incarceration.

Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee: one vacancy for an individual that does not reside or own property on Lummi Island. The committee meets monthly and issues recommendations to the county council and executive about issues that impact ferry service on the island.

Marine Resources Committee: three vacancies for positions serving four-year terms. The committee recommends actions to local authorities to address marine-related issues.

Northwest Senior Services Board: two vacancies for positions serving a three-year term. The board advises the Area Agency on Aging to meet the needs of the local aging population.

Open Space Advisory Committee: four vacancies. The committee advises the county assessor about open space, agricultural and timber lands.

Planning Commission: one vacancy for a position serving a four-year term. The commission assists with the preparation and execution of the comprehensive plan and issues recommendations to the planning and development services department, among other things.

Public Health Advisory Board: two vacancies for positions serving a four-year term. The board meets once every other month and advises the health department about county programs.

Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee: four vacancies for positions that serve a four-year term. The committee meets on a quarterly basis and oversees the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for the county.

Rural Library Board: one vacancy for a position serving a five-year term. The board meets monthly and adopts policies that govern the Whatcom County Library System.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee: six vacancies serving a three-year term. The committee advises the county about solid waste issues.

Surface Mining Advisory Committee: one vacancy is open to an ecologist serving a four-year term. The committee meets as needed and oversees the surface mining regulatory program.

Veteran’s Advisory Board: four vacancies for positions open to veterans serving a four-year term. The board meets monthly and advises the county on needs of local indigent veterans.

Wildlife Advisory Board: 11 vacancies for positions serving a four-year term.

For more details about the board and commission positions listed above, visit bit.ly/2zfPXjn.

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