Your opportunity to serve on county advisory boards and commissions

Your opportunity to serve on county advisory boards and commissions

Citizens of Washington County have the opportunity to assist the Board of County Commissioners in making County government run through service in over 30 advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees.
Members are volunteers who give their time and expertise to advise the County Commissioners in specific areas from landfill operation and recycling to animal control.
County Clerk Vicki Lumm oversees the application and appointment process for the advisory groups.
"Citizens have knowledge, expertise and opinions in certain skill areas," Lumm said, "and volunteering for a board in a particular area helps by giving the Commissioners some background in that area."
Boards and Commission terms are usually three years in length, and a person can be reappointed for one additional three-year period. After that time, the individual would rotate off the board, but would be able to reapply for membership after one year. County residency is a requirement for most Boards and Commissions.
Each board has a County Commissioner who attends meetings and serves as a non-voting ex-officio member. The Commissioners give reports on the activities of the boards during the regularly scheduled County Commissioners' meeting.
Each Board, Commission or Committee has a set number of members required in its bylaws, or in some cases by state statutes. Maintaining membership levels is not always easy, with people moving out of the County and changing job requirements.
"Some Boards and Commissions do need members at this time," Lumm said. "Several of our Commissions are very popular, such as the Black Rock Golf Board, and the Airport and Gaming Commissions, but currently groups like the Women's Commission and the Disability Advisory Committee are in need of members."
A complete list of the advisory groups is found on the County website, www.washco-md.net at "Volunteer for Boards and Commissions."
"Look for the red, white and blue icon on the lower right side of the opening page, click on that and follow the instructions," Lumm said. A link opens that shows a list of the groups with descriptions of their duties and a link to an on-line application. Applicants should fill out the application form listing their top five choices, and hit "submit" at the bottom of the page.
If you do not have Internet access, or need further assistance or information, you may call the County Clerk's Office at 240-313-2204 and a printed application will be mailed to you.