Clallam County seeks volunteers for various boards and committees

  • Fri Nov 27th, 2020 9:13am
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The Board of Clallam County Commissioners announces openings on Advisory Boards and Committees. Specific categories are noted where applicable.


Acts in an advisory capacity to research agricultural issues, provide information and convey the interests and desires of farmers and others in the agricultural community to the Board of Commissioners. There are openings for representatives of Farmers in Commissioner Districts I, II, and III; At-large farmer, and (2) Non-farmer At-large.


Established to act to advise the Board of Commissioners on implementation and future funding, from the 1/10 of 1 percent sales tax authorized by RCW 82.14.460. There is an opening for a representative of Consumer/Past Consumer of Substance Use Disorders Services.


Responsible for all matters pertaining to the preservation of the life and health of the citizens of Clallam County, including community health assessment, health status, preventable health risks, availability of resources; enacting rules, regulations, and policies to preserve, promote, and improve the health status of Clallam County residents; assure high quality and effective public health services including control and prevention of any dangerous, contagious, or infectious diseases; prevention, control, and abatement of nuisances detrimental to public health; enforce public health statutes of the state and county; establish fee schedules for issuing and renewing licenses and permits or for other services authorized by the law and rules of the Washington State Board of Health. There is an opening for an At-large position.


Autonomous board that, upon request by any jurisdiction affected by a boundary change such as an annexation proposal, reviews the proposal and has broad powers to determine logical boundaries, transfer of services, and other matters operating under the authority of RCW 36.93. There are openings for representatives of Governor Appointee, and Special District Appointee.


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. There are openings for representatives of (2) Alternate; ICC Certified Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector, or Fire Plan Examiner and ICC Certified Building Official, Building Inspector, or Plans Examiner.


Assists in gathering and analyzing information, making recommendations, and advancing the orderly growth and development of the area. There are openings for representatives of (3) At-large positions and a Business Owner (Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce).


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. There are openings for representatives of Crescent School District Alternate; Grange; Area business owner or individual who owns commercially zoned property and Crescent School District Student Body Alternate.


Assists the County in delivery of 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 County Fair; and program development strategies. There are openings for representatives of the At-large and Livestock.


Commissioners on various matters related to the issues regarding homelessness in Clallam County. There are openings for representatives of Health and Human Services Department Alternate; City government of Forks; City government of Forks Alternate; City government of Sequim; City government of Sequim Alternate; Tribal government of Jamestown S’Klallam; Tribal government of Jamestown S’Klallam 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; Peninsula Housing Authority Alternate; Mental health/substance use providers Alternate; Department of Social and Health Services; Department of Social and Health Services Alternate; West End service providers Alternate; Olympic Community Action Programs Alternate; United Way Alternate; WorkSource Alternate; Law and justice system Alternate; Faith community Alternate; Business community Alternate; (3) Homeless or formerly homeless Alternate; At-large Alternate; Advocate for youth issues Alternate; and Advocate for veterans issues Alternate.


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. There are openings for representatives for a (2) Collector of the tax.


The Marine Resource Committee advises the 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. There are openings for representatives of Port Angeles City Council; Port of Port Angeles Commission Alternate; Makah Tribe Alternate; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Alternate; Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Councils Alternate; At Large Alternate; Marine Related Recreation and Tourism Alternate; Conservation/Environmental Alternate; District I Alternate; and Development Community Alternate.


The North Olympic Library System provides public library services to Clallam County and is governed by a five member Board of Trustees. There are openings for (2) board member positions.


Assists in understanding, stewarding, and restoring the marine and estuarine ecological processes of the North Pacific coast of Washington within the boundaries of Clallam and Jefferson Counties in support of ecosystem health, sustainable marine resource-based livelihoods, cultural integrity, and coastal communities. Members represent conservation/environmental groups, recreational groups, economic groups and the scientific community. There are openings for representatives of Clallam County and Clallam County Citizen (Conservation/Environmental Groups).


The State Legislature authorized rural counties to retain a portion of the sales and use tax to finance public facilities to result in new jobs through business expansion and recruitment. Funds from the Opportunity Fund Program are used to improve the base economy in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Clallam County through the attraction of businesses with grants and low interest loans for public facilities. Decisions regarding the use of the funds for public facility projects are made by the Opportunity Fund Board who is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners who has the final authority to approve or deny an application. There is an opening for a representative of City of Port Angeles.


Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and Director of the Department of Community Development for changes in the building code and permitting. There are openings for representatives of Architect; Building Designer; Building Trades; Certified Septic Designer/Installer; Code Consultant; Economic Development Council; Energy Industry; Environmental Consultant; (2) Homebuilders’ Association; Propane/Woodstove Contractor; Manufactured Homes/Mobile Home Association; ex officio – Environmental Health Division Manager and ex officio-Planning Manager.


The Planning 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. There is an opening for a representative of District IIIb.


Advisory to the Sheriff’s Office to provide an open link of communication between the Sheriff and the community. There are openings for representatives of Diamond Point; Clallam Bay/Sekiu; Forks and unincorporated area; Quileute Tribe; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe; Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe; Joyce and Law and Justice.


This committee is comprised of representatives of each of the incorporated cities, the waste industry, tribal councils, Clallam County, state and federal agencies, private industry, and at-large. 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. There are openings for representatives of City of Sequim; Solid Waste Industry (West Waste Recycling); Solid Waste Industry (West Waste Recycling) Alternate; Tribal Governments; Tribal Governments Alternate; City of Port Angeles Alternate; City of Forks Alternate; Business Community; Business Community Alternate and Agriculture Community Category Alternate.


Makes recommendations to the Board and other appointed bodies of Clallam County government regarding non-motorized transportation and trail-related issues. There are openings for representatives of Olympic National Park; Off-Road Motorized User Groups; U.S. Forest Service (ex-officio member) and Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance (OPBA).

How to Apply

Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County Commissioners’ Office at (360) 417-2233, visit their office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East 4th Street, Suite 4, Port Angeles, or obtain the application online at:

Current members with expiring terms are asked to provide a written statement by facsimile (417-2493), mail (223 East 4th Street, Suite 4, Port Angeles 98362), or email [email protected] Applications must be received by close of business Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.