Current Vacancies

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES


This list represents all vacancies through January 31, 2021

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 1/14/2021)
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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

ACME/VANZANDT 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

5 Vacancies – 2 current members are eligible to reapply. Positions are for 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

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy – current member is eligible to reapply. Position is for a behavioral health professional. 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. Executive-appointed

BELLINGHAM-WHATCOM COUNTY COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
3 Vacancies – 1 current member is eligible to reapply. Positions include a Human Services Provider, a Domestic Violence Victim Service Provider 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

3 Vacancies – 2 current members are 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-appointe

BIRCH BAY WATERSHED AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (BBWARM) DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BBWARM)
1 Vacancy, must reside in the subzone, 4-year term. 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. Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors-appointed

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy, 4-year term. Applicants must represent agriculture. 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. Meets monthly. Council-appointed.

CHILD AND FAMILY WELL-BEING TASK FORCE
15 Vacancies. Terms are generally 4 years, but initial appointments to the Task Force will be staggered: half 2-year terms and half 4-year terms. 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. Deadline for applications is 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

COUNTY APPEALS BOARD
1 Vacancy – 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 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
3 Vacancies – 1 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

DRAYTON HARBOR SHELLFISH PROTECTION DISTRICT
3 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

ETHICS COMMISSION
1 Vacancy. 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
  • 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

FOOD SYSTEM COMMITTEE
5 Vacancies – 2 current members are eligible to reapply. Positions are export sales farming, Labor issues rep, food access and food processing/distribution. 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

3 Vacancies. Positions are Human services provider, social services provider, and urban housing. 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. Executive-appointed

LUMMI ISLAND FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

1 Vacancy, 3-year term. Vacancy is for a member 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 

LYNDEN/EVERSON 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

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. Applicant positions include scientific experience and 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

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 by December 18, 2020.
2 Vacancies, current members eligible to reapply, 4-year terms. Members must reside in Noxious Weed district 1 or 4, be engaged in agricultural production, and have ten signatures from registered voters in that district.
  • 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. 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.
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 360-778-6234 for more information.  SUBMIT  APPLICATIONS 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. 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. Meets annually. Council-appointed

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
6 Vacancies – 2 current members eligible to reapply. Open positions include representation from the following districts: District 1, District 4, District 5 and 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

POINT ROBERTS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
2 Vacancies -At Large Citizen positions – 1 current member eligible to reapply. 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
5 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 Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District. Meets quarterly. Council-appointed

PUBLIC DEFENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1 Vacancy. This committee advises the County Executive and County Council on matters regarding the defense of the indigent, and provides observations regarding the public defender system no less than annually. It also serves as the selection committee to fulfill the functions of WCC Section 2.09.100. Executive-appointed.
  
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
5 Vacancies – 4 current members are eligible to reapply. Positions include Health Care Access, Physical environment, Health Inequities Community, and social and economic representative. 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
1 Vacancy – farmer position. This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County. The program enhances the protection of the County's farmland, forestland, and ecological areas, enhances the long-term viability of agricultural and forestry enterprises within the County and provides public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use. Meets on a monthly basis, as needed; four year term. Executive-appointed

RURAL LIBRARY BOARD (Whatcom County Library System)
1 Vacancy – current member is 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. Executed-appointed

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3 Vacancies, 3-year terms
  • 1 vacancy representing a public interest group
  • 1 vacancy representing the waste collection industry
  • 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.

3 Vacancies, 4-year terms
  • 1 vacancy for a citizen who lives in close proximity to active mining or mineral overlay areas
  • 1 vacancy for a representative of potable domestic groundwater supply (preferably a public water system representative or private well owner)
  • 1 vacancy for a representative of agriculture
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 has been inactive, but may reactivate to consider the mineral resource lands section of the Comprehensive Plan in 2015. Meets as needed. Council-appointed