By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
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PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners today will appoint themselves to 52 state and local advisory boards and commissions.
The panel also will establish interest areas for 18 county departments and elect a chairman for 2014.
All three commissioners will serve on the county Board of Health, Olympic Consortium Board, Peninsula Regional Support Network Executive Committee, Olympic Area Agency on Aging and as members of the Washington State Association of Counties.
Commissioners will serve independently on 47 other boards, commissions, councils, committees and subcommittees.
Meanwhile, each commissioner will work closely with certain county departments in their respective
Board chairman Mike Chapman’s interest areas will be county Clerk, District Court No. 1, Human Resources, Juvenile Services, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff’s and Health and Human Services.
Chapman represents much of Port Angeles the central third of the county.
Commissioner Mike Doherty’s departmental interest areas will be District Court No. 2, Information Technology, Law Library, Washington State University Extension and the consolidated Parks, Fair and Facilities department and public works.
Western third of county
Doherty represents the western third of the county from Neah Bay to west Port Angeles.
Commissioner Jim McEntire, who represents the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, will work closely with the Assessor, Auditor, Community Development, Superior Court and Treasurer.
Chapman on Monday agreed to take on the Health and Human Services interest area in exchange for McEntire replacing him on the Law and Justice Council.
“I’m going to be well satisfied to take on the Law and Justice Council membership role,” McEntire said in a work session.
McEntire announced that he was recently elected president of the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council, to which Doherty had been the board representative.
Doherty will stay on the council as an alternate, and McEntire will become the primary liaison.
After the meeting, Chapman said he did not know which commissioner would be elected board chairman today.
The chairman runs the weekly business meetings and directs the discussion at weekly work sessions.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.