Current Vacancies

BOARDS AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
This 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 indicates Executive-appointed or Council-appointed. For those
 appointments made by the Whatcom County Council the application deadline has been extended to 10:00 a.m. January 23, 2018.
County Executive appointments are currently pending - see notations below.
  If you have questions, please contact the County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the County Executive's  office at 360-778-5200. 
(last updated 1/17/18)
Please see how to apply.
County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
Council-appointed and Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed vacancies
Appointments made 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
Executive-appointed vacancies

Appointments made by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council              
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
2 Vacancies – farmer and 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 appointments 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.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, appointment pending.  Position is mental health recovery advocate. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department, advising on general priorities for behavioral health programs, including substance abuse and mental health services. The board membership is composed of residents who reflect minority groups and the diversity within the community. Meet on a bi-monthly basis; three year term. Executive-appointed.

BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies – 4 appointments pending. The committee assists the county in the planning, funding, development and implementation of facilities and programs that will result in the increased safety and use of bicycle and pedestrian travel as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation. Members meet monthly and serve a four 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.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
2 Vacancies – 2 appointments pending. Applicants must have professional expertise that relates to development standards. The TAC (1) reviews and recommends, for County Executive consideration, all proposed new, and proposed revisions to, Whatcom County Development Standards, and (2) hears and recommends, for subsequent County Executive consideration, appeals to Technical Administrator Final Decisions. The TAC operates to ensure compliance with land use regulations and comprehensive plans. Seven members meet on an as-needed basis and serve a maximum of two 2-year terms. Executive-appointed.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BOARD
3 Vacancies – 3 appointments pending. Members shall include representatives of public, private, or voluntary agencies, representatives of local governmental units and citizens knowledgeable about developmental disabilities. The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department; it provides recommendations related to services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Board members meet 4th Monday on alternating months and serve three year terms. Executive-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.

ETHICS COMMISSION

1 Vacancy – appointment pending. The Commission receives complaints of ethics violations and otherwise administers the Code of Ethics. Members meet once annually and on as-needed basis; serve a four year term. Executive-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.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

3 Vacancies – 3 appointments pending. The Committee, guided by sound science and the needs of the Northwest Strait marine ecosystem, and consideration for the citizens of Whatcom County, will address local marine issues and recommend remedial action to local authorities. The committee will build awareness of issues, and gather support for remedies. Members meet monthly on the first Thursday and serve four year terms. Executive-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

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.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

1 Vacancy (District 3) - appointment pending. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks & Recreation Department on issues related to county parks and recreation. Meets third Thursday of each month; Four-year term. Executive 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.

POINT ROBERTS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy – appointment pending. The committee was created to provide advice and recommendations to the County Executive and the County Council regarding needs and issues specific to the Point Roberts community. Meets monthly; two year term. Executive-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.

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies – 2 appointments pending. Membership specifications include one from natural sciences and one representing tribal or ethnic minority. The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Health Department on all issues related to the County Health Department and its programs. Meets on the first Thursday of alternating months; four year term. Executive-appointed.

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) OVERSIGHT 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.

RURAL LIBRARY BOARD (Whatcom County Library System)
1 Vacancy – appointment pending. The board adopts policy for governing the rural library district, employs the library director, carries out planning and sets an annual budget as well as conducts other work necessary for the orderly, efficient and sustainable operation of the library as outlined in RCW 27.12.210.  Trustees meet monthly on the third Tuesday and serve a five-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.

VETERAN’S ADVISORY BOARD
4 Vacancies – 4 appointments pending. Only veterans are eligible to serve as board members, and no fewer than a majority of the board members shall be members from nationally recognized veterans' service organizations. The Board advises the County Executive and County Council on the needs of local indigent veterans, the resources available to local indigent veterans, and programs that could benefit the needs of local indigent veterans and their families. Members meet monthly and serve a four year term. Executive-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.