HOW TO APPLY
Contact Jennifer Clark in the Board of County Councilors office,
PO Box 5000,
Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
or email the office
Indicate the committee or board you are interested in.
Ty Stober appointed to the Community Action Advisory Board (2/2016)
Dennis Lagler appointed to the Drainage District #5 (1/2016)
John Roth appointed to the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council (1/2016)
Jane Higgins re-appointed to the Fort Vancouver Library Board (1/2016)
Barbara Anderson re-appointed to the Parks Advisory Board (1/2016)
Garry Presthus re-appointed to the Civil Service Commission (1/2016)
Jay Chester, Dave Weston and Laura St. John appointed to the Parks Advisory Board (12/2015)
Alixandra Coker appointed to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission (12/2015)
Lloyd Lycan, Jack Melton, Dick Clairmont, Neil Chambers and John Shaffer, re-appointed to the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board (12/2015)
Bridget McLeman appointed to the Community Action Board (12/2015)
Elizabeth Grauer, DVM and Pat Vichas were reappointed and Lynn Parker appointed to the Animal Control Advisory Board (12/2015)
Le Ann Larson and Roni Stephens appointed to the Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board (12/2015)
Craig Walker reappointed to the Portland International Airport Citizen Noise Advisory Committee
(PDX CNAC) (12/2015)
Jeremy Burnett appointed and Kate Schoof reappointed to the Clean Water Commission (12/2015)
Dr. Steven Sachs appointed to the Portland International Airport Community Advisory Committee (11/2015)
Eric Golemo, Jeffrey Wriston and Ott Gaither re-appointed to the Development and Engineering Advisory Board (DEAB) (11/2015)
Herb Maxey appointed to the Commission on Aging (11/2015)
Anna Dearman, John C. Moore, Terry Maxwell, Jennifer Pesut, Jack Androvich and Steven R. Koch appointed to the Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (11/2015)
Julie Rotz reappointed to the Community Action Advisory Board (11/2015)
George Fox appointed to the Clark County Audit Oversight Committee (11/2015)
Adrianne Fairbanks appointed to the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council (11/2015)
Jim Senescu re-appointed and Crystal Kroeller appointed to Civil Service Commission (10/2015)
Rem Wilson and Brandon Vick, re-appointed to Solid Waste Advisory Commission (10/2015)
Mark Collier, Amy Bishop-Smith and Joan Caley reappointed to the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council (10/2015)
Steve Becker appointed to the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council (10/2015)
Jim Ackerman appointed to the City / County Telecommunications Commission (8/2015)
Randy Goggin appointed to the Drainage Improvement District No. 5 (8/2015)
Christopher O'Malley re-appointed to the Fort Vancouver Library Board (7/2015)
Dick Riley and Eileen Quiring appointed to the Board of Equalization (7/2015)
David McDevitt appointed to the Clean Water Commission (7/2015)
Michael Elerath appointed to Mosquito Control District (6/2015)
Angela Simmons, Robert Knight, John Vanderkin and Kristine Hammond reappointed to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (6/2015)
Trudy Linson reappointed to the Mosquito Control District (6/2015)
Damon Webster reappointed to the Columbia River Gorge Commission (6/2015)
Julie Rotz appointed to the Community Action Advisory Board (6/2015)
Chuck Frayer re-appointed to the Commission on Aging (6/2015)
Pat Janik, Linda O'Leary and Ali Caley Smith appointed to the Commission on Aging (6/2015)
Eric Fuller, Neil Chambers and Dave Nelson appointed to Railroad Advisory Board (6/2015)
Candis Oliver, Michael Ware, Phillip Sheridan, Donnie Rychart and Stephen Pierce appointed to Substance Abuse Advisory Board (6/2015)
Stephanie Hope appointed to Animal Control Advisory Board (6/2015)
Jerry Kolke reappointed to the Public Facilities District (5/2015)
Lisa Phifer Ross appointed to the Public Facilities District (5/2015)
Kate Schoof appointed to the Clean Water Commission (4/2015)
John Marks appointed to the Board of Equalization (4/2015)
Mike Odren, Andrew Gunther, James Howsley, Don Hardy and Steve Bacon re-appointed to DEAB (3/2015)
Mark Schneider and Marie LaManna appointed to the Clean Water Commission (3/2015)
Dick Rylander and Gary Schaeffer re-appointed to the Clean Water Commission (3/2015)
Richard Colf appointed to the Cemetery District 5 Board (3/2015)
Peggy Bird appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission (3/2015)
Denise McCarty re-appointed to the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board (3/2-15)
Bobbi Olson re-appointed to the Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board (3/2015)
Terrie Jones appointed to Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board (2/2015)
Andrew Gregg appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission (2/2015)
John Correa appointed to the Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (2/2015)
Marla Ludolph-Heikkala re-appointed to the Civil Service Commission (2/2015)
Chad Eiken re-appointed to the Clark County Railroad Advisory Board (2/2015)
Paul Hunter appointed to the Telecommunications Commission (2/2015)
Justin Stanley appointed to the Clark County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (1/2015)
Stephen Schrag appointed to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission (1/2015)
Lee Wells re-appointed to the Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board (1/2015)
Steve Morasch and Valerie Uskoski re-appointed to the Clark County Planning Commission (1/2015)
Simone Auger appointed to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission (1/2015)
Del Meliza and Susan Cassady re-appointed to the Clark County Developmental Disabilities Board (1/2015)
Elvira Ajanovic appointed to the Substance Abuse Advisory Board (1/2015)
Kathy McNicholas re-appointed to the Substance Abuse Advisory Board (1/2015)
Robert Melo appointed to the Noxious Weed Control Board (1/2015)
Paula Martin and Sheree Thun appointed to the Community Action Advisory Board (1/2015)
Boards and Commissions
Nearly 30 citizen advisory committees and boards help shape Clark County's future. From vegetation management to traffic safety, these groups advise county departments and the Board of County Councilors.
If you're interested in serving on a committee or board, see "How to Apply" below on the left.
Meeting times are subject to change. Contact staff for information. All board members are appointed by the Board of County Councilors unless otherwise indicated.
Clark County boards and commissions
Clark County, as everywhere in the country, is anticipating a huge surge in residents 60 or better. Today, one in six residents is 60 or older, and the number will increase to one in four by 2030.
Under Section 8.01.030 of the Clark County Code, the Board of Clark County Commissioners - now Board of County Councilors - has established an Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board.
Appealing your property assessment
Call the Board of Equalization for Clark County at (360) 397-2337 ext. 2337.
The Board of County Councilors also serves as the Clark County Board of Health in accordance with the public health and safety chapter of the Revised Code of Washington. The Board of Health exercises final authority over all matters pertaining to preservation of the life and health of people in Clark County. This responsibility includes:
Urban County Policy Board (UCPB)
The role of the committee is to advise the county and participating city and state government staff on matters involving bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
Civil Service is charged with recruiting, testing, hiring and promoting of all Sheriff's Office employees under Chapter 41.14 RCW.
The Board of County Councilors appoints citizens to serve on the Civil Service Commission. Terms are voluntary and for six years. Commissioners cannot hold any salaried public office or engage in county employment, other than the commission duties, during their term. Commissioner terms do not run consecutively. Only two commissioners can be of the same political party.
The Clean Water Commission is a nine-member board serving in an advisory tole to the Board of County Councilors on issues related to the Clean Water Division. The Clean Water Commission works with staff to review the program budget in detail, implement stormwater treatment improvements, bolster water quality monitoring, and enhance public education and outreach.
The Community Action Advisory Board is comprised of nine members representing a cross section of the community. Board membership includes low-income citizens, elected public officials and the private sector.
The Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board advises and make recommendations to the Board of County Councilors related to developmental disabilities issues and services. The disabilities board provides community leadership on improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of community developmental disabilities programs.
Board meetings typically are held at 2:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month in the sixth-floor training room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street.
The Board of County Councilors formed the Clark County Development and Engineering Advisory Board to review policy and code changes and work with Community Development and Public Works on process improvements and fee issues.
The Equestrian Advisory Committee guided development of an equestrian plan through a series of meetings focusing on the following elements:
- Equestrian trails
- Equestrian communities, development standards, overlay
- Best management practices
- Economic development, equestrian facilities, county fairgrounds
The Fairgrounds Site Management Group manages, operates and markets the Clark County Fairgrounds Facilities. The group consists of five (5) directors. Two directors are appointed by the Clark County Fair Association and three directors are appointed by Clark County. One county appointee shall be a senior county staff member who shall act as chairman and vote only in the event of a tie.
The HPC initiates and maintains the Clark County Historic Register and reviews proposed design changes to registered properties.
Historical Promotions Grant
Each year, the Board of County Councilors awards grants to encourage historic preservation and programs, including the preservation of historic documents.
The Task Force has completed its work and has forwarded recommendations to the Planning Commission for review.
A Planning Commission hearing was held on September 19 and continued to October 17. After the hearing is completed, the Planning Commission will forward their recommendations to the Board of County Councilors for another hearing and final action.
A Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Mosquito Control District and establishes its policy. The board is comprised of one member from each city or town in Clark County, and three county at large members appointed by the Board of County Councilors. The board adopts the work plan, prepares and approves district expenditures and contracts for services. Operation activities are contracted with Clark County Public Health, which administers the program.
The seven-member Parks Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Board of County Councilors on issues such as:
Please see the Hearings and meetings notes webpage for information on upcoming and past Planning Commission meetings.
The Public Health Advisory Council advises the Board of Health on:
The Clark County Railroad Advisory Board studies ways to improve the economic stability of the railway and explores recreational opportunities and other uses of the rail line.
History of project
Current rural land zoning in the county was established in 1994 with the adoption of the county's first comprehensive plan under the Growth Management Act. The county completed comprehensive plan updates in 2004 and 2007, but focus has been on urban areas and how to accommodate projected growth. After completion of the 2007 update, the then-Board of County Commissioners directed a review of rural lands.
Task force work process and documents
The Clark County Solid Waste Advisory Commission is a nine-member panel appointed by the Board of County Councilors to represent a broad spectrum of the community.
The commission meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday of each month at Clark County Elections, 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver.
SWAC advises the Board of County Councilors on solid waste matters including:
Clark County has established the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to provide high level review and guidance for the update of municipal codes and design manuals governing stormwater management in Clark County.
The Substance Abuse Advisory Board reviews services, plans and budgets for publicly funded substance abuse programs in Clark County. It also makes recommendations to the Board of County Councilors on program needs and priorities.
Public outreach and input is a vital part of Clark County’s update to our stormwater codes and design manuals.
The Technical Advisory Committee has expertise on code and development projects and is an advisory group to the county as updates are considered. The group consists of local experts, including builders, engineers, planners and stakeholders, as well as county staff from various departments that use stormwater codes and manuals.
The Three Creeks Advisory Council's final meeting was held on November 8, 2012.
If you need further information regarding this project, please call our office at 360-397-2280.
The Veterans Advisory Board oversees the Clark County Veteran's Assistance Fund, which provides emergency relief to qualified veterans. The board consists of nationally recognized veterans organizations in Clark County and veterans from the community. The majority of members must be representatives of service organizations, but veterans may join as members at large, if approved by the board. Service organizations and members at large must renew their letter of intent each October.
Other boards and commissions
Meeting times are subject to change. Contact staff for information.
The primary purpose of the Arts Commission is to promote and support the arts in Clark County. The 11-member commission will work to promote awareness of the arts, expand accessibility to art in public places, and support collaboration among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups and cultural organizations. It also will support local artists and arts groups in their efforts to secure grants and other financing, and celebrate the creative talents and diverse skills of Clark County residents.
- Members - 11
- Meetings - 6:30 pm on third Tuesday of each month, sixth floor training room, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street
- Meeting minutes
- Contact - Pat LaCroix, chair; Martha Martin, vice-chair; Laurel Whitehurst, secretary; Amy Chase, treasurer; www.clarkcountyartscommission.org
Advises the Assessor on implementing guidelines for assessment of open space, farm, agricultural and timber land classified under chapter 84.34 RCW.
- Members - Five members representing the county's farm community. Terms are for one year. Recommended by the Assessor and appointed by the Board of County Councilors.
- Meetings - Annual
- Contact - Dennis Schodt, Assessment, (360) 397-2092 ext. 4628
Hears appeals of decisions by the county Building Division regarding the International Building Code and Residential Code.
- Members - Seven
- Meetings - As needed
- Contact - Jim Muir, Community Development, (360) 397-2375 ext. 2470
The commission advises the Board of County Councilors and Vancouver City Council on matters related to cable television franchising. The commission establishes rules and regulations for cable television franchises and monitors compliance with franchise agreements.
- Members - Eight; four of whom are appointed by the county
- Meetings - 7 pm quarterly on Wednesdays, Vancouver City Council Chambers, 210 East 13th Street Vancouver
- Contact - Jim Demmon, City/County Cable Television Office, (360) 487-8702
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act authorizes creation of an economic development program in the gorge area.
- Members - 13, one commissioner is appointed by the Board of County Councilors
- Meetings - Second Tuesday of each month. Meeting times and locations vary.
- Contact - (509) 493-3323
Establishes rules and procedures and administrative policies regarding the conduct of business of the Clark County Disability Board in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of RCW 41.26 (Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Retirement System Act).
- Members - Five
- One from the county legislative body selected by the county legislative body (County Councilor)
- An active or retired firefighter elected by the LEOFF I active or retired fire fighters
- An active or retired law enforcement officer elected by the LEOFF I active or retired law enforcement officers
- One from the public at large who resides in the county to be appointed by the other four members of the Disability Board
- One member of a city or town legislative body, selected by a majority of mayors of such cities and towns located in the county, which city or town does not contain a Disability Board (Small city legislative member)
- The board's legal advisor attends these meetings.
- Meetings - 1:15 pm, second Thursday of each month, fifth floor, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver
- Contact - Maria Vergis, Human Resources, (360) 397-2456
Administers the competitive process for procuring ambulance service in Clark County EMS District #2 and carries out ongoing ambulance contract performance oversight on behalf of participating jurisdictions.
- Members - Five
- Meetings - Noon-1:30 pm, third Tuesday of pre-scheduled month, i.e. January, February, May, June, September, October, November, Public Service center, 1300 Franklin Street, sixth-floor training room, Vancouver
- Contact - Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, (360) 737-1911
Determines suitability of alternate materials and types of construction to provide for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the International Fire Code.
- Members - Six
- Meetings - As needed
- Contact - Jon Dunaway, Fire Marshal, (360) 397-2186 ext. 3324
Responsible for policy that ensures quality library services for all and broad access to information.
- Members - Seven, jointly appointed by the Clark, Skamania and Klickitat county commissioners/councilors; one member each from Skamania and Klickitat counties; five members from Clark County. Two Clark County members are recommended by Vancouver City Council.
Oversees and makes recommendations to the Sheriff's Office regarding current and future Jail Industry program.
- Members - Eight
- Meetings - Monthly as scheduled or as determined by the board. Location varies.
- Contact - Commander Ric Bishop, Sheriff's Office, (360) 397-2211
Develops a community corrections plan for local and state correctional services in the county
- Members - 26
- Meetings - Second Thursday each month. Meeting times and locations vary.
- Contact - Tina Redline, Board of County Councilors, (360) 397-2232
Makes recommendations about operation of North Country Emergency Medical Services.
- Members - Nine; one county representative (councilor) and alternate (county manager)
- Meetings - 10 am, bi-monthly, fourth Tuesday, Station 1, 404 South Parcel, Yacolt.
- Contact - Tom McDowell, North Country EMS, (360) 686-3271
Advises staff and county councilors on parks and recreation-related needs, plans, programs, open space and facilities.
- Members - 13; five city appointed, 5 county appointed, 2 school district liaisons (1 each from Vancouver & Evergreen School Districts), 1 parks foundation liaison
- Meetings - Third Friday of each month, noon to 3:00 p.m. Locations vary.
- Agendas and minutes
- Contact - Linda Clifton, Liaison/Support, email@example.com, (360) 487-8310
Hears appeals and makes decisions when someone wants to deviate from the Uniform Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code.
- Members - Seven
- Meetings - As needed
- Contact - Jim Muir, Community Development, (360) 397-2375 ext. 2470
Acts on behalf of local jurisdictions as official forum to address community noise concerns; monitors implementation of current Portland International Airport noise plan; reviews airport noise issues and provides advice on issue resolution and follow-up action; develops ideas and recommends proposals for consideration in the future airport noise plans; participates on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning; enhances citizen understanding of airport noise management through work of the advisory committee as a whole.
- Members - 15
- Meetings - 6 pm, second Thursday of each month, Commission room, 121 NW Everett, Portland, Ore.
- Meeting summaries
- Contact - Lise Glancy, Port of Portland, (503) 460-4018