Current Vacancies

This list represents all vacancies through January 31, 2017.
(last updated 12/7/16)
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County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions
7 Vacancies – 3 current members eligible to reapply.  
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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE


3 Vacancies.  
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.  Three year term. Executive-appointed. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD


5 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply.  Position openings include 2 mental health advocates and 1 addiction 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 shall adhere to rules described in RCW 70.96A ensuring that the 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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

BELLINGHAM-WHATCOM COUNTY COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


1 Vacancy for an At Large position – current member eligible to reapply.  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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE 


3 Vacancies – 1 current member 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 and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION


1 Vacancy representing New County Council District 2
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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
 
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
1 Vacancy - Applicant must have been a resident of Whatcom County for the 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 also does practical testing for persons to determine their capacity to perform duties; and investigates, reports on, and holds hearings on all matters regarding the administration of personnel.  The Commission meets monthly as needed and members serve a six year term.  Executive appointed.  Applications due in the Executive's office by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
  
 

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD


3 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply.  One position is for Citizen At- Large and other applicants must be from 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 three year terms. Executive-appointed. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)


5 Vacancies – 2 current members are eligible to reapply.  Applicants must have professional expertise that relates to development standards.  
The TAC (1) reviews and recommends, for subsequent 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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BOARD


1 Vacancy – current member is 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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT


6 vacancies, 4-year terms. Current members eligible to reapply. 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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

ETHICS COMMISSION
3 Vacancies – all current members eligible to reapply.  The Commission receives complaints of ethics violations and otherwise administers the Code of Ethics.  Members meet once annually and on an as-needed basis, and serve a four-year term. Executive-appointed. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE


5 Vacancies. Various terms.
1 Vacancy representing a geographical area. 4-year terms 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.  Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


5 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Current members eligible to reapply. Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Small forest landowner, commercial forest landowner or qualified designee, forestry harvester, citizen with forestry expertise, or forest product manufacturer.  PLEASE INDICATE ON THE APPLICATION WHICH QUALIFICATION APPLIES.
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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


2 Vacancies:
  • Island land owner and/or resident, partial term ending 1/31/2018
  • County resident not living or owning property on Lummi Island, partial term ending 1/31/2019. 
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 at least quarterly. Council-appointed. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

LYNDEN/EVERSON FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy, 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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

 
3 Vacancies – all current members eligible to reapply.  Applicant positions include one citizen with relevant scientific interest and two citizens with conservation/ environmental interest.  
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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD


Current members eligible to reapply. Must reside in Noxious Weed district 1, 3, 4, or 5 and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district. Four of the five members must be engaged in agricultural production. 
  • District No. 1 - North Boundary is the U.S./Canada Border; South Boundary follows along Birch-Bay Lynden, Polinder, Timon, Lindsay and Sorenson Rds.; East and West Boundaries are the same for Whatcom County.
  • District No. 3 - North Boundary is Henry, Alder Grove, and Hemmi Rds.; South Boundary follows Slater and Bakerview Rds.; East and West Boundaries are the same as for Whatcom County.
  • District No. 4 - North Boundary follows Slater and Bakerview Rds.; South Boundary follows Galbraith Rd. east to west through Hale Passage excluding Lummi Island; 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.
Four board members shall be involved in the primary production of agriculture products. However, this does not require that agriculture be a primary source of income for these members. 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 778-6234 for more information. All applications should be sent to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial St., Suite 110, Bellingham WA 98225.  APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 30, 2017.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION


3 Vacancies – all current members are eligible to reapply. Open positions represent District 2, District 5 and one District-At-Large.  
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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

PLANNING COMMISSION


3 Vacancies, 4-year terms. 2 current members eligible to reapply. Applicants must be a resident of New County Council District 1, 2, 3, or 4.
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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

POINT ROBERTS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy – current member is eligible to reapply (At Large Citizen position).  
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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT


4 vacancies, 4-year terms. Current members eligible to reapply. 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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD


3 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply.  Membership specifications include one from administrative-hospital, one administrative-fiscal, and one citizen at large.  
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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE


1 Vacancy.  Applicant position is for an individual with real estate experience.   
This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County.  This 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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

: 2 Vacancies. 3-year terms
1 vacancy representing a public interest group 
1 vacancy representing business/industry, current member eligible to reapply

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. Applications due in Council Office by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

VETERAN’S ADVISORY BOARD


4 Vacancies – 2 current members are eligible to reapply.  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. Applications due in the Executive’s office by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.