Citizen Participation Guide
As a citizen...
you can take an active role in shaping Clark County policies, programs and decisions.
Participating in government can be as simple as voting in each election. But you can go a step further by participating in the local day-to-day process.
- You can volunteer for one of the many county advisory boards that make recommendations to the County Councilors and county departments.
- You can influence decisions about adopting laws, the biennial budget or siting a new park.
- You can be a member of a neighborhood association or help form one.
- You can seek elective office.
One of the greatest challenges of governance is finding a balance between the interests of the community as a whole and those who have a special stake in a particular issue. Citizens can help strike that balance by looking for solutions that work for the entire community, not just a small group.
Although participating does not always mean prevailing, it does make government a partnership effort. That’s something positive, because when citizens are actively involved in their government, decisions can better reflect the will of the people.
We want to hear from you
Participating in your county government can be a lot easier when you know whom to call and how to reach people. We have a number of ways to help you do that.
Clark County website
Please go to http://www.clark.wa.gov. The gray footer contains a staff directory. Departments and functions are listed at the top of the page.
Neighborhood Associations Council of Clark County, NACCC
Please go to the NACCC meeting page for upcoming meeting dates, agendas and notes from NACCC meetings.
You can reach Marilee McCall, the Neighborhood Relations Coordinator, at 564.397.2316 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or questions regarding the county's Neighborhood Associations.
You can reach us at email@example.com. In addition to helping you personally, we can provide a free copy of the county’s telephone directory of county government services.