WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Here’s a partial list of people officials hope to volunteer to help run the Washtenaw County government next year — an architect, a plumber, a police chief, a vehicle emissions, an educator, a botanist and a military veteran .
Even if you don’t check any of these boxes, chances are you’ll find something that matches your background among 100 vacancies in 20 specialized advisory boards, commissions, committees, councils and authorities that rely on volunteers to shape policies and oversee county government.
This fall, Washtenaw County is recruiting to fill the positions.
“This is just a particularly important year for councils and commissioners who are finishing their terms,” said Peter Lindeman, communications and operations manager for the County Council of Commissioners.
The list of volunteer positions available to candidates includes seats on a council that helps choose farmland and open space to be protected from development, an authority working to redevelop brownfields, and a commission to respond to needs of older Washtenaw County residents.
Some appointments require a background or specialized areas of expertise, such as seats on a local emergency planning committee for firefighters and American Red Cross representatives, while many others are open to anyone. member of the general public.
For a full list of vacancies and to apply with a letter of interest and resume, click here.
The work of advisory bodies is often conducted behind the scenes, but can have a major impact. The county’s environmental board, for example, worked to establish a roadmap to countywide carbon neutrality by 2035, helping to select a consultant who is now drafting a plan to get there.
Read more: Resilient Washtenaw: County Launches Massive Climate Planning Initiative
Not sure what a quorum is or how to navigate Robert’s Rules of Order? Officials say they understand it can be difficult to get to grips with government agency procedures, and they have a handbook that explains what you need to know.
The resources are part of a revamped website for the more than 25 advisory bodies, which county staff worked this year to consolidate, ending inactive commissions.
The county council is responsible for making appointments to the various advisory bodies and plans to do so for seats opened by terms ending or vacancies at its Dec. 7 public meeting, according to a county notice.
Those interested in serving on one of the volunteer boards should apply by Oct. 28, officials said, and appointments will take effect Jan. 1.
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