Current Vacancies

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES

This list represents all vacancies through January 31, 2023
 
APPLICATIONS DUE 10:00 A.M., JANUARY 3, 2022

 All appointees must live in and be registered to vote in Whatcom County and, if applicable, meet the residency, employment, and/or affiliation requirements of the position.  Appointments are without compensation unless otherwise noted.  Applications can be completed online, or one can be mailed to you from the Council Office or Executive's Office.

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 11/23/2022)
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County Council Office
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue, Ste 105
Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information: 360-778-5010
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Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue, Ste 108
Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information: 360-778-5200
ACME/VANZANDT FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies, 4-year terms. 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. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 
5 Vacancies – 1 current member is eligible to reapply. Positions are for agricultural producers, agricultural processing industry, citizen consumer of agricultural products and citizen with expertise in agricultural programs. This committee 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.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies – 3 current members are eligible to reapply. 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 quarterly and serve a three-year term. Executive-appointed.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies – current member is eligible to reapply. Positions are for behavioral health professionals. 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. Members meet on a quarterly basis and serve a three-year term. Executive-appointed.

BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies – 1 current member is eligible to reapply. 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; four-year term. Executive-appointed. 

BIRCH BAY WATERSHED AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (BBWARM) ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies, 1 current member eligible to reapply, 4-year terms. Applicants must live within the subzone boundary Meets quarterly. The BBWARM Advisory Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors regarding implementing the BBWARM District stormwater program. The committee will assist the residents of the area and the Board of Supervisors with the implementation of the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management District. Appointed by the Council acting as the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors 

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
1 Vacancy, current member eligible to reapply, 3-year term. Applicants must live in County Council District 2. The Board generally meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with occasional Tuesday meetings as needed. Members receive $150 per diem for attending hearings. 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. . Council-appointed. 

BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARD
1 Vacancy, current member eligible to reapply. The Board receives Notice of Intention, statement from city and special purpose districts for proposed changes to corporate boundaries or intent to extend services outside existing boundaries. The Board then notifies all affected governmental agencies and collects subsequent comments for possible review. Members meet bi-annually and serve a four-year term. 
Executive-appointed.  

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
9 Vacancies, current members eligible to apply, 4-year terms. Applicants must represent the internet technology industry, manufacturing, retail, food processing, commercial real estate, energy industry, health care, or a for-profit business .

2 Vacancies for non-voting members, current members eligible to apply, 4-year terms.  Applicants must represent one of the county’s higher education institutions: Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College, or Bellingham Technical College.

Meets monthly. The committee advises the County Council on issues that include regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. Duties include: Review, develop, and provide recommendations on: comprehensive plans, regulations, economic development efforts and on proposals which directly impact business and economic conditions in Whatcom County; efforts to improve business conditions, environment and infrastructure; ensuring the county applies a client-focused approach to supporting businesses with regulations, permitting, and planning. Council-appointed.

CHILD AND FAMILY WELL-BEING TASK FORCE
7 vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms. Meets monthly. Applicants must represent at least one of the following experiences: community members from under-represented communities; community action agency, non-profit housing organization or social service agency; faith community; private school, home school, higher education or child care provider; medical and behavioral health care provider serving young children and families; community members with experience caring for children such as parent, foster parent, grandparent, or guardian; private business, corporation, or philanthropic organization. The Task Force will continually review Whatcom governmental impacts on children and families, and make specific recommendations for improvements for all departments. The Task Force will consider input from diverse families throughout Whatcom County and evidence-based and promising practices and report on and make recommendations to County Council, Executive, and other appropriate officials regarding implementation of recommendations in the Whatcom Working Toward Well-being: An Action Plan for County Government (Action Plan) as adopted on February 4, 2020. Council-appointed. 

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
1 vacancy -current member eligible to reapply. Applicant must have been a resident of Whatcom County for past two years and cannot hold a salaried public office. The commission creates and administers the rules and regulations for personnel administration in the County Sheriff's office. The Commission shall do practical testing for persons to determine the capacity to perform duties that a person may be appointed to perform. The Commission shall investigate, report on, and hold hearings on all matters regarding the administration of personnel. The Commission shall determine appeals or complaints respecting the allocation of personnel positions. Six-year term. Executive-appointed.

CLIMATE IMPACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
5 vacancies, four current members eligible to reapply, 3-year terms. Meets monthly. Prefer 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. The Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC) provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council and Executive on issues related to the preparation and adaptation for, and the prevention and mitigation of, impacts of climate change. The key focus of the committee is building climate resilience in Whatcom County through mitigation of greenhouse gases and adaptation to a changing climate. Council-appointed. 

COMMISSION ON SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
3 Vacancies – 3 current members are eligible to reapply. Positions include a Human Services Provider, Higher Education and a member of the community at large. The Commission develops and implements a coordinated comprehensive domestic violence plan that is monitored, evaluated and updated on a regular basis. Promotes collaboration of institutions, systems and services as they respond to offenders, victims, children and others who have been impacted by domestic violence. Commission meets the fourth Thursday of every other month and members serve a four-year term. Executive-appointed.

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD
1 Vacancy – applicant must be a member of one of the construction trades (building, structural, architectural, plumbing, engineering, or mechanical). This Board receives and rules on appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official and/or fire marshal relative to the application and interpretation of the building construction and maintenance codes as adopted by the county, with responsibility to publish all findings. Board members meet on an as-needed basis and serve a three-year term. Executive-appointed.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
4 Vacancies – 1 current member eligible to reapply. 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
4 Vacancies – 3 current members eligible to reapply. 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, 1 current member eligible to reapply, three 4-year terms and one partial term ending 1/31/2025. Meets quarterly. 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 – current member is eligible to reapply. The Board receives complaints of ethics violations and otherwise administers the Code of Ethics as provided in the Whatcom County Code (WCC 2.104). Meets as needed and at least once annually; five members serve a four-year term. Executive-appointed.

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
7 Vacancies, various terms

  • 3 Vacancies representing Geographic Areas, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms
  • 2 Vacancies representing Impacted Cities, current members eligible to reapply, 1-year terms
  • 2 Vacancies representing Special Districts, current members eligible to reapply, 1-year terms
  • 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.

Meets the second Thursday of the month or as needed. 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. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

FOOD SYSTEM COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies – 3 current members eligible to reapply. Positions are nutrition/public health rep, natural resources rep, local sales farming and export sales farming. The committee’s purpose is to draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a county-wide food system plan to strengthen our local and regional food system. Nine members meet monthly and serve a four-year term. . Executive-appointed.

HORTICULTURE PEST AND DISEASE BOARD
3 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 2-year terms. Meets quarterly. The Board is created to enable Whatcom County to more effectively control and prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases. Members shall be residents of the county, shall own land within the county and shall be engaged in the primary and commercial production of a horticultural product or products. The Board shall have the following powers and duties. 1. Receive complaints, 2. Inspect 3. Enforce 4. Employ persons and purchase goods and equipment as necessary, 5. Educate the public, and 6. Administrate.  Council-appointed

(WHATCOM COUNTY) HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies – all current members are eligible to reapply. Positions are for housing industry representative, homeless advocate and tribal nation representative. This advisory group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposed uses of SHB 2060, 1406 and 1590 funds and charged with making recommendations to the County Council. The funding directly assists people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Members meet every other month and serve a three-year term. Executive-appointed. 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies – 1 current member eligible to reapply. Applicant positions include scientific experience and citizen at large. 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
3 upcoming vacancies (as of 6/30/23). Majority of board should include senior citizens representatives of local government, minority groups, and citizen, professional, and community organizations. The 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. Three-year term. Executive-appointed. 

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD
ALL APPLICATIONS For this Board Should be sent to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Washington 98225. 

2 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms. Must reside in Noxious Weed District 2 or 5 and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district.  District No.2 - North Boundary is Birch-Bay Lynden, Polinder, Timon, Lindsay, and Sorenson Rds.; South Boundary is Henry, Alder Grove, and Hemmi Rds.; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. District No. 5 - Includes Lummi Island; Extends east to west to the south boundary of Acme; South  Boundary is Skagit County Line; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County. View a map of Noxious Weed Board districts . The Board promotes education concerning management of listed noxious weeds such as tansy ragwort, knapweed, purple loosestrife, knotweed and their impacts on natural resources.  Members generally meet every other month.  Please call the Weed Board Coordinator at 360-778-6234 for more information.  Council-appointed.

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
5 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Meets annually. The Open Space Advisory Committee advises the County Assessor in implementing assessment guidelines as established by the State Department of Revenue, for the assessment of open space, farms and agricultural lands, and timber lands. Council-appointed.

PLANNING COMMISSION
2 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms. Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the evenings. Applicants must be a resident of County Council Districts 2, 3, 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. Council-appointed. 

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRIC
6 vacancies, current member eligible to reapply. 4-year terms. Meets quarterly. 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
7 Vacancies, one current member eligible to reapply, 2-year and 3-year terms. Meets monthly. The advisory board shall consist of a balance of persons with expertise, career experience, and consumer experience in areas impacting public health and with populations served by the health department, including healthcare access and quality; physical environment, including built and natural environments; social and economic sectors, including housing, basic needs, education, and employment; business and philanthropy; communities that experience health inequities; government, and; tribal communities and tribal government. The board’s composition shall include: 

  • Members with expertise and experience in the areas listed above
  • Consumers of public health services
  • Community members with lived experience in the areas listed above
  • Community stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, the business community, and those regulated by public health

Membership preference shall be given to tribal, racial, ethnic, and other minorities. Council-appointed.

RURAL LIBRARY BOARD (Whatcom County Library System)
1 Vacancy.  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
3 Vacancies, one current member eligible to reapply, 3-year terms. Meets quarterly. Applicants must represent agriculture, the waste collection industry, or a solid waste disposal facility. 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. Council-appointed.

SUMAS/EVERSON/NOOKSACK FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, three 4-year terms and one partial term ending 1/31/2025. Meets periodically as needed. 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. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

SURFACE MINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
10 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, five 4-year terms and four 2-year terms. Meets quarterly. 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. Council-appointed.

WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
11 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms, 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 conservation biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation ecological restoration specialist, forestry protection, or tribal representative. 
Council-appointed.