Current Vacancies

BOARDS AND COMMISSION VACANCIES

This list represents all vacancies open now as well as those effective as of January 31, 2019.  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 are available in the Council Office and the Executive's Office. 
Applications are due by 10:00 a.m. on January 8, 2019 
   
(last updated 12/5/2018)
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
AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies - agricultural producer and ag products consumer.  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.

AMERICAN’S WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy. 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
2 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply.  Positions include a Human Service Provider and a Citizen 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

BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy.  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 4-year term.  Executive-appointed.

BIRCH BAY WATERSHED AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE 
2 Vacancies, 4-year terms, 1 member eligible to re-apply
Applicants must live within the district boundary. The BBWARM Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors regarding implementing the BBWARM District stormwater program.  Committee members geographically represent a broad spectrum of stakeholders from within the BBWARM District boundaries. Meets quarterly. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed 

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
4 Vacancies 
1 Vacancy representing Council District 1 – 3 year term
1 Vacancy representing Council District 3, - 3 year term - current member eligible to re-apply
1 Vacancy representing Council District 4, - Partial term ending 1/31/2021
1 Vacancy representing Council District 5, - 3 year term - current member eligible to re-apply
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.

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. Executive-appointed.

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD
4 Vacancies – 3 current members eligible to reapply.  Applicants 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 three year terms. Executive-appointed.

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)
5 Vacancies – 3 current members are 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 ADVISORY BOARD
3 Vacancies - 2 current members eligible to reapply.  Members shall include representatives of public, private, or voluntary agencies, and citizens knowledgeable about developmental disabilities. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the Whatcom County Health Department; it provides recommendations related to services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Board members meet the 4th Monday on alternating months and serve three year terms.  Executive-appointed.

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
2 Vacancies - 4-year 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. Meetings are quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month.   Council-appointed

ETHICS COMMISSION
1 Vacancy – current member is eligible to reapply.  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
7 Vacancies. Various terms
3 Vacancies representing geographical areas. 4-year terms, one member 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.  Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed 
9 Vacancies - this new committee is seeking members with experience in each of the following areas:  local sales farming, export sales farming, fishing, food processing/distribution, food access, nutrition/public health, labor issues, natural resources, and the Whatcom Food Network.  The committee will draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a county-wide food system plan to strengthen our local and regional food system.  The committee will meet once a month.  Four members, including the Whatcom Food Network representative, will serve for two years (initially) and four members will serve four years.  Executive-appointed.

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, various terms
1 Vacancy for a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee) Term ends 1/31/2023
2 Vacancies for a forest product manufacturer  - 1 term ends 1/31/2023, 1 term is partial term ending 1/31/2020
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. The committee holds their meetings on the third Thursday of the month, as needed.  Council-appointed

HORTICULTURE PEST AND DISEASE BOARD
4 Vacancies 2 year terms - Current members eligible to reapply
The Board is created to enable Whatcom County to more effectively control and prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases.  One member shall have at least a practical knowledge of horticultural pests and diseases and the other 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, one of whom shall be engaged in the production of certified organic produce, if available.  Such appointed members shall serve a term of two years.  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
1 Vacancy – Rural Housing.  This advisory group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposed uses of Senate HB 2060 funds and charged with making recommendations to the County Council.  Meets every other month; serve a three year term. Executive-appointed.

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF WHATCOM COUNTY

2 Vacancies (effective 4/18/19) – 1 current member eligible to reapply (appointments by County Executive and Bellingham Mayor).  The Board serves to provide quality, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, elderly households, and persons with disabilities through innovative resource development and responsible stewardship of our housing and fiscal resources.  The five members meet monthly; five year term. Executive-appointed.

INCARCERATION PREVENTION AND REDUCTION TASK FORCE

2 Vacancies 
1 Vacancy – Representing Citizen position, Partial term ending 1/31/2020
1 Vacancy – Representing Citizen position. Partial term ending 1/31/2022
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 safely be released. Council-appointed

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

4 Vacancies, 3-year terms -Current members eligible to reapply. Residency, employment, and/or affiliation requirements specific to the position(s): at least 4 and no more than 5 appointees must be Lummi Island residents or property owners. 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

LYNDEN/EVERSON FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies  4-year term
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 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

4 Vacancies - 2 current members eligible to reapply. Positions include scientific experience, economic Interest or Conservation/ Environmental Interest, and a citizen at large position. 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 Vacancies. 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

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL BOARD  - ALL APPLICATIONS For this Board Should be send to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Washington 98225 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE DECEMBER 7, 2018
3 Vacancies, 4-year terms
Current members eligible to reapply.  Must reside in Noxious Weed District 2,3, 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. 2 North Boundary is Birch-Gay 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. 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. 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.
To view map of Noxious Weed Board districts visit our website here. The Board promotes education concerning management of listed noxious weeds such as tansy ragwork, 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.  ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE WHATCOM COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED BOARD 322 NO. COMMERCIAL STREET, SUITE 110, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON 98225. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE DECEMBER 7, 2018

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies.  4 year term. 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 & RECREATION COMMISSION
2 Vacancies - District 1 and District 4.  This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks and Recreation Department on matters relating to parks, recreation, and senior services.  Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month; 4-year term. Executive -appointed

PLANNING COMMISSION 
2 Vacancies – 4 year terms – current members eligible to re-apply.
Applicants must be a resident of County Council District 2, or 3.  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 (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.

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
3 vacancies – 1 appointment is for a full term ending 1/31/2023, 1 appointment for partial term ending 1/31/2022, 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.  Meetings are quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month.   Council-appointed

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
2 Vacancies.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Health Board and the Health Department on all issues related to the County Health Department and its programs.  Meets on the first Thursday of alternating months. Executive-appointed.

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy - county farmer position. 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 – current member eligible to reapply.  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. 3-year terms
2 Vacancies for Citizen representatives, 1 current member is eligible to reapply 
1 vacancy representing Agriculture
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. 

SUMAS/EVERSON/NOOKSACK FLOOD CONTROL SUB-ZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies  4-year term, current members eligible to re-apply.
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
9  vacancies – 4 year terms
1 Vacancy - Applicant must be a civil or geo-technical engineer with no direct or indirect financial business ties to the industry
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a surface mining material user, current member eligible to reapply
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a Geologist, current member eligible to reapply
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be a citizen who lives in close proximity to active mining or mineral overlay areas
2 Vacancies – Applicants must be members of the surface mining industry
1 Vacancy – Applicant must represent the Forestry industry
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be an Ecologist, current member eligible to reapply
1 Vacancy – Applicant must be an Environmental consultant
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 meets as needed.  Council-appointed