Current Vacancies

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES


This list represents all vacancies through January 31, 2020

APPLICATIONS DUE 10:00 A.M., JANUARY 7, 2020

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 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 12/2/2019)
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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
3 Vacancies – agricultural producers. 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
2 Vacancies – 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 as needed and serve a three year term. County Executive-appointed

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

2 Vacancies – current members are eligible to reapply. Positions are mental health recovery advocate and substance abuse 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 quarterly basis; three year term. County Executive-appointed

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 and serve a four year term. Executive-appointed.

BIRCH BAY WATERSHED AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies, 4-year terms, current members are eligible to reapply. 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 monthly. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
1 Vacancy, 3-year term, current member is eligible to reapply. 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. County Council appointed

CLIMATE IMPACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
5 Vacancies, 3-year terms, current members are eligible to reapply. The Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee 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. Meets monthly. County Council appointed

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD
5 Vacancies – 2 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)
2 Vacancies.  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. County Executive-appointed

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES BOARD
2 Vacancies – current members are 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. County Executive-appointed

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
4 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. Meets quarterly. Council-appointed 

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, 4-year terms, geographic areas representative
4 Vacancies, 1-year terms, special districts and impacted cities representatives
All current members are 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.   

FORESTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy for a forest product manufacturer, term ends January 2020. 4 Vacancies, 4-year terms. Applicants must be a small forest landowner, a commercial forest landowner (or qualified designee), a forest harvester, or a citizen with forestry expertise.  The Forestry Advisory Committee review issues that affect the forestry industry and makes recommendations to the Whatcom County Council. The 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 monthly as needed. Council-appointed


HORTICULTURE PEST AND DISEASE BOARD
1 Vacancy, 1-year term 
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

2 Vacancies – 1 current member is eligible to reapply. This advisory group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposed uses of SHB 2060 funds and charged with making recommendations to the County Council.  The funding directly assists people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Meets every other month; serve a three year term. County Executive-appointed

INCARCERATION PREVENTION AND REDUCTION TASK FORCE
4 Vacancies, 4-year terms, current members are 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 individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency; minimize jail use by pretrial defendants who can safely be released; and identify, examine, and recommend implementing programs and policies that focus on intervention and prevention strategies that are pursuant to incarceration. Meets every other month; subcommittees meet monthly. County Council appointed
   
LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, Partial term ending 2022.  Applicant must be a county resident who does not live on or own property on Lummi Island.  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

3 Vacancies,  4-year terms. All applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The committees review the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discuss and recommend budget appropriation, and liaison with the public at meetings.  The committees have special meetings throughout the year as needed. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors appointed 

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE

6 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. Applicant positions include scientific experience, economic interest, recreational interest 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 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. 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 sent to the Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board, 322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Washington 98225 
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. Must reside in Noxious Weed District 3 and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district.  
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.
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. 

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies, 4-year terms. 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.  Meets once per year.  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 & Recreation Department on issues related to county parks and recreation. Meets third Thursday of each month; Four year term.  Executive -appointed

PLANNING COMMISSION
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. Applicants must be a resident of County Council District 2 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. County 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. County Executive-appointed

PORTAGE BAY SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
5 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 Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District.  Meetings are quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month.  Council-appointed

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
3 Vacancies – 1 current member eligible to reapply. Positions include Business/Philanthropy, Physical Environment and Community Member with Lived Experience in Social Service or Health Care System challenges.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Health Board and the Health Department Director on all issues related to the County Health Department and its programs. Meets on the first Thursday of alternating months; three year term.  Executive-appointed.

PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
4 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. Open positions include farmer and real estate.  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)
2 Vacancies. 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.  Executed-appointed.

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, 3-year terms, current members are eligible to reapply. Members must represent agriculture, business/industry, or a solid waste disposal facility. 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. 

STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND JUSTICE FACILITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
4 Vacancies for behavioral health and social service providers
1 Vacancy for a behavioral health advocate
1 Vacancy for a criminal justice advocate
1 Vacancy for an individual with lived experience in the criminal justice system
1 Vacancy for jail resources/service providers
Terms end when all phases of the needs assessment are complete as described in the Whatcom County Public Health, Safety and Justice Initiative. The committee will guide development of a needs assessment for public health, safety, and justice needs; act as liaisons to the communities or agencies they represent, and; help build a plan that is reflective of community values. Generally meets at least monthly, schedule to be determined. County Council appointed

SUMAS/EVERSON/NOOKSACK FLOOD CONTROL SUBZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies,  4-year terms. All applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The committees review the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discuss and recommend budget appropriation, and liaison with the public at meetings.  The committees have special meetings throughout the year as needed. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

1 Vacancy for a representative of a potable domestic groundwater supply (preferably a public water system representative or a private well owner), 4-year term, current member is eligible to reapply 
1 Vacancy for an agriculture representative, partial term ending January 2023 
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 monthly. Council-appointed 

VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD
3 Vacancies – 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 was created to advise 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.  Meets monthly; four year term. County Executive-appointed