New Volunteer Opportunities: Community Health, Library District Budget, Vector Control & Water Environment Services

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Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County. 

Individuals interested in this opportunity can apply online or via a paper form that can be obtained from the Public & Government Affairs Department by calling 503-655-8751 or in person at the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.    

New ABC openings from the past week include:

Clackamas Community Health Council

The council currently has openings for 19 additional members. The council oversees operations, budgets, and quality measures at the Health Centers clinics throughout the county. Per federal requirements, the Council must be composed of a majority of patient members, therefore current patients (or their guardians) will be given priority to join the Council to maintain compliance. The Council conducts business through public meetings that are held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the County’s Development Services Building in Oregon City.
Note: Due to COVID-19, meetings are held in a virtual format until further notice.

Council members are not required to have expertise in healthcare, but should be interested in improving the quality of care and patient experience in the Health Centers. Council members should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to reach consensus on various topics and make recommendations to Health Centers Leadership and the Board of County Commissioners. Individuals who represent all geographic areas and demographics are highly valued by the Council.

Application deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, contact Samantha Hatfield at shatfield@clackamas.us.

Library District Budget Committee

This committee has two vacancies, each of which carries a three-year term. In particular, the county is seeking applicants with a background in finance and/or public library services.  The Budget Committee participates annually with the Board in receiving and reviewing the Library District budget.  The Library District Budget Committee participates in budget meetings in the spring and approves the budget and District tax rate each year. The history and other background regarding the Library District can be found on the Clackamas County Library District’s website

Applicants from the District’s service area who are dedicated to public library services are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is Jan. 31. For more information contact Eileen Stein, BCS Interim Deputy Director at 503-319-2456 or estein@clackamas.us.  

Vector Control District Advisory Board

This board has one vacancy which carries a four-year term. Members of the board are appointed for four (4) year terms by the Commissioners and serve in an advisory capacity to them while acting as the policy-making body, managers of the business, and financial affairs of the Clackamas County Vector Control District.  The District is responsible for the control of mosquitoes and flies, of which some are disease-carrying vectors in the County.  The Oregon State Health Department and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approve the District’s annual control plan.

The five-member board meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Vector Control District Office, at 1102 Abernethy Road in Oregon City. Applicants are required to live in Clackamas County.  

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. For more information, please contact Theresa Micallef at 503-655-8394 or tmicallef@clackamas.us.  

Water Environment Services Advisory Committee

This commission has three vacancies that carry three-year terms. The twenty one-member commission provides input and makes recommendations on surface water and wastewater issues to Water Environment Services (WES) and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).  Additionally, the committee:

  • Provides a forum for coordinating, learning, understanding and gathering input on surface water and wastewater plans, policies, rules and regulations, fees, and projects;
  • Reviews, discusses and makes recommendations on proposed operational and multi-zone capital improvements to the region's surface water and wastewater treatment systems, master plans, investment strategies and capital projects; and
  • Advises on and supports implementation of educational and public engagement strategies on issues relating to wastewater services, bio-solids management, surface water management, watershed health, erosion control and other related topics.

Ideally, members will have experience and/or background in wastewater management, watershed health and restoration, economic development, and/or surface water.  Members must reside or work within the WES service area.
WES serves the cities of Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn, and the communities of unincorporated Clackamas County.
Committee membership includes:

  • 6 ratepayers from cities within the service area
  • 2 ratepayers from the unincorporated portion of Clackamas County who reside within the service area
  • 6 elected officials
  • 2 environmental representatives
  • 2 members of the development community
  • 2 business owners or managers from service area
  • 1 representative from the Board of County Commissioners 

The following seats on the committee are open for recruitment with terms that run from January 17, 2022, through December 31, 2024 (three-year term):

  • 2 development community representatives 
  • 1 ratepayer from unincorporated Clackamas County 

Application deadline is Jan. 13, 2022.  For more information, contact Lauren Haney at lhaney@clackamas.us or 503-313-4243.