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The Washington County, City of Beaverton, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District boards and commissions have openings, and they’re the perfect way for individuals to explore their interests while giving back to their community. Being on a council or commission allows residents to have their voices heard, to meet others with similar interests and to play a role in decisions that affect them.
Washington County Boards and Commissions
The Washington County Council of Commissioners is accepting nominations for the council and committee until November 2 (or until all vacancies are filled). The application portal and a detailed list of vacancies are available on the county website. Here are some examples of WashCo opportunities.
Seniors and Veterans Services Advisory Council
This council plans future services and reviews current programs for veterans and seniors. Consumers over 60, minorities, elected officials, veterans health care providers, veterans caregivers, the general public, veterans under 60, and rural areas are among the categories that should be represented. This is a three-year term; the engagement time is five to ten hours per month. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every two months from 9 a.m. to noon.
Nine Washington County residents sit on this council. No more than two members may be primarily engaged in the purchase, sale or development of real estate or exercise the same profession. This commission advises the County Commissioners Council on land use and transportation while conducting public hearings, making final decisions on land use plans and making recommendations to the Council. This is a four-year term with a time commitment of five to ten hours per month. Meetings take place the first Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Five members with knowledge of accounting and auditing (as evidenced by their professional employment in accounting, auditing or finance) sit on this committee. An additional person will come from the members of the County Commissioners Council. The audit committee avoids too much dependence on the external auditors. This is a three-year term and the total time spent in this position is three hours (two meetings per year).
Behavioral health advice
19 members who are residents of Washington County or who have professional interests in Washington County are needed for this board. The board will identify community needs, recommend funding priorities, and help select and assess service providers. This is a three-year term with a time commitment of two to three hours per month. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sheriff’s Patrol District Enhanced Advisory Committee (ESPD)
Committee members must be residents or business owners in the ESPD. This advisory committee works with the sheriff and other officials in the sheriff’s office to review and recommend aspects of policing. This council will decide on long-term sheriff / enhanced law enforcement and community partnership programs. This is a three-year term. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Housing Advisory Committee (CHA)
Fifteen members who reflect a diversity of skills sit on this board. The goal of the HAC is to ensure that Washington County’s housing needs are met. Members may be called upon to review and recommend actions, advise the Housing Authority board of directors, and recommend resources that can meet the needs of low-cost housing. This is a four-year term, with a time commitment of a minimum of two hours per month. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday at 9 a.m.
North Bethany County Service District Budget Committee for Roads
This committee consists of the Council of Commissioners and five additional county residents, who reside in the north of Bethany CSDR. Committee members will review the proposed budget for the North Bethany County Service District for Unincorporated Washington County Roads. This is a three-year term. Meetings will be held twice in May for approximately three hours per meeting. Additional meetings can be added.
Public Health Advisory Council
The Council consists of 15 to 17 members representing various walks of life in Washington County, as well as an unnamed, non-voting position of the Council of Commissioners. Membership preference will be given to members of communities experiencing health and social inequalities. Overall, the County of Washington County Public Health Advisory will make recommendations to the Council of Commissioners and the Director of the Division of Public Health to improve the health and well-being of everyone in Washington County. This is a four-year term, with a two-hour monthly commitment. Meetings will take place at least ten times a year on the second Tuesday of each month from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Public Security Coordination Council
The Public Security Coordination Council is composed of 15 members required by law, two of whom are non-voting members. This Council was formed to develop and recommend plans for the use of respective state resources for the coordination of local criminal justice and juvenile justice policy. This is a two-year term. This council meets six times a year in bimonthly meetings starting on the third Friday of January from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Board members have a time commitment of approximately four hours per month, and meetings can be attended virtually (via Zoom) or in person.
District Advisory Committee for Urban Road Maintenance (URMDAC)
URMDAC is made up of ten residents appointed by the District Urban Roads Maintenance Council, all of whom are regular members, and two ex-officio members. They review and make recommendations regarding URMD’s service level and annual work program, help assess the cost-effectiveness and effectiveness of URMD, inform URMD activities, and advise on prosecution. URMD and / or other long-term funding opportunities for road maintenance. It is a four-year term and the committee meets two hours per month. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
Beaverton Boards and Commissions
The Town of Beaverton is also looking for interested and available community members to participate on various boards and committees. The application portal, as well as a complete list of boards and commissions, can be found on the Town of Beaverton website.
Beaverton Arts Commission
This commission celebrates our diverse community through art by championing the arts, supporting city art events, and advising staff and city council on arts-related issues. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6.30 p.m.
Diversity Advisory Council (DAB)
The Diversity Advisory Council promotes policies and practices that strengthen equity and inclusion in municipal government. The priorities include these eight key areas: access to languages, individual and family support, public safety, economic opportunities, infrastructure and livability, health and well-being, urban practices and the community center. multicultural. This Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 5.30 p.m.
Library Advisory Board
The board of trustees has an advisory role and approves the expenses of the library trust fund. Meetings are monthly on the second Wednesday.
Reviews and recommends changes to the overall City plan, zoning ordinances, and other long-term planning and development policies and ordinances. The Planning Commission examines issues relating to subdivisions, annexations, capital improvements, transportation and traffic. Meetings are weekly on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m.
THPRD Advisory Committees
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District encourages community members to apply for positions on the district’s three advisory committees and its budget committee. Applications are available on the site. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 25. Volunteers on the advisory committee review plans, provide feedback and participate in lively discussions about the district’s programs, facilities and parks.
Nature and trails advisory committee:
Share your enthusiasm and expertise for natural resource management, environmental education, wildlife, and trail development and use.
Parks and Facilities Advisory Committee:
Focus on park design, helping to make spaces accessible to all, community gardens, dog parks, sports facilities and historic properties.
Programs and events:
Advise the district on what programs should be offered and expanded, provide feedback on district-wide community events and review program content in the areas of recreation, sports, water sports, environmental education and more.
People of all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply, including young people of school age. These positions are essential to represent the broad perspectives of clients in the district. Applications will be reviewed and nominations will be made by the THPRD Board of Directors. The terms of office will begin in January 2022.