Clallam County seeking volunteers for boards, commissions

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County is seeking volunteers to fill 74 vacancies on 17 advisory boards and committees.

The deadline to apply is the close of business on Friday, July 15.

To apply, call the commissioners’ office at 360-417-2233; visit their office at the Clallam County Courthouse, Suite 4, 223 E. Fourth St.; or download an application from the county website at

Descriptions of the advisory panels — and the application form itself — are available under the “Boards, Committees and Groups” link on the county website.

Current members with expiring terms who wish to retain their position are asked to provide a written statement to the commissioner’s office by mail or email to [email protected].

Vacancies exist on the following advisory panels, with specific categories listed where applicable:

• Behavioral Health Advisory Board (4) — Openings for representatives of: tribal; services for homeless; private provider of substance use disorders services not contracting for funding, and consumer/past consumer of mental health services.

This board was established to act to advise the Board of Commissioners on implementation and future funding, from the one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax authorized by RCW 82.14.460.

• Board of Equalization (1) — Opening for an alternate member.

The Board of Equalization receives appeals, holds hearings, evaluates evidence, and issues determinations of the fair market value of property within Clallam County in the case of disputes between the county assessor and the property owner. Members are required to be U.S. citizens, residing in Clallam County for not less than two years. There will be hearing compensation.

• Building Code Board of Appeals (4) — Openings for representatives for two alternates; an ICC-certified fire marshal, fire inspector or fire plan examiner, and an ICC-certified building official, building inspector or plans examiner.

This board hears and decides appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of the codes adopted in Clallam County Code 21.01, Building and Construction Code.

• Clallam Bay/Sekiu Community Action Team (2) — Openings for an at-large member, and a business owner (Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce).

This group assists in gathering and analyzing information, making recommendations, and advancing the orderly growth and development of the area.

• Crescent Community Advisory Council (5) — Openings for Fire District 4; representatives of grange; area business owner or individual who owns commercially zoned property; Crescent School District Student Body; and a Crescent School District Student Body alternate.

This committee acts as a liaison between the citizens living in the Crescent School District area and the Board of Commissioners on issues that may include land use, economic development, transportation and pedestrian improvements, capital projects and services, and community projects and activities.

• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (2) — Openings for two committee members.

Volunteers on this committee act in an advisory capacity to plan and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding programs and services for persons who have intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, other neurological impairments, or developmental disabilities and their families through service contracts with provider agencies.

• Fair Advisory Board (1) — Opening for an at-large position.

This board assists the county in delivery of Clallam County Fair services to its residents and visitors. Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners through the Director of Parks, Fair, and Facilities, the advisory board holds public meetings as necessary, advises and assists the county in developing reasonable rules, fees, and regulations for the operation of the fair; and program development strategies.

• Homelessness Task Force (20) — Openings for representatives of City government of Forks Alternate; Tribal government of Lower Elwha Klallam; Tribal government of Lower Elwha Klallam alternate; Tribal government of Makah; Tribal government of Makah alternate; Tribal government of Quileute; Tribal government of Quileute alternate; healthcare providers alternate; mental health/substance use providers alternate; domestic violence/sexual assault providers; Department of Social and Health Services; Serenity House alternate; law and justice system alternate; faith community; faith community alternate; business community alternate; (2) Homeless or formerly homeless alternates; at-large alternate; advocate for youth issues alternate.

This group advises county commissioners on various matters related to the issues regarding homelessness in Clallam County.

• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (1) — Opening for one collector of the tax representative.

Statute requires an advisory committee to review all proposed changes to expenditures from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

• Marine Resources Committee (4) — Openings for representatives of Makah tribe; Makah tribe alternate; marine-related recreation and tourism alternate; conservation/environmental alternate, and District II alternate.

This committee advises county commissioners regarding issues related to the marine resources of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its bays, estuaries, and inlets within the borders of Clallam County.

• Park and Recreation Advisory Board (1) — Opening for one committee member position.

This group assists Clallam County in delivery of park and recreation services to its residents and visitors. Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners through the Director of Parks, Fair, and Facilities, the advisory board holds public meetings as necessary, advises and assists the County in developing reasonable rules, fees and regulations for the operation of County Parks and other recreational facilities, and reviews park acquisitions and development strategies.

• Permit Advisory Board (11) — Openings for representatives of architect; building designer; building trades; certified septic designer/installer; engineer category (structural/civil); Economic Development Council; environmental consultant; homebuilders association; propane/woodstove contractor; Manufactured Homes/Mobile Home Association, and ex-officio-planning manager.

This group makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and Director of the Department of Community Development for changes in the building code and permitting.

• Planning Commission (2) — Openings for a representatives of District IIIb and IIIc.

This commission assists the Clallam County Board of Commissioners, through the Department of Community Development (DCD), with review of land use policy and related issues such as comprehensive land use plans and planning ordinances. Commissioners must have the ability to listen to diverse viewpoints and consider long-term interests of Clallam County.

• Port Crescent Pioneer Cemetery (1) — Opening for one committee member position.

The Board was established in 1974 to operate the Port Crescent Pioneer Cemetery.

• Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee (5) — Openings for representatives of Forks and unincorporated area; Quileute Tribe; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe; Joyce, and law and justice.

This group serves as an advisory to the Sheriff’s Office to provide an open link of communication between the Sheriff and the community.

• Solid Waste Advisory Committee (6) — Openings for at-large alternate; solid waste industry (West Waste Recycling); solid waste industry (West Waste Recycling) alternate; tribal governments alternate; City of Forks alternate, and business community alternate.

The committee assists in the implementation of programs and policies concerning solid waste handling and disposal, and reviews and comments on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan.

• Trails Advisory Committee (4) — Openings for representatives of Olympic National Park; a large private forest company; commercial trail business, and off-road motorized user groups.

This group makes recommendations to the Board and other appointed bodies of Clallam County government regarding non-motorized transportation and trail-related issues.

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