Seeking Citizen Volunteers for Six Boards

The Board of Commissioners is seeking citizen volunteers for six boards/committees. Interested county residents have until Sunday, February 16 to apply for a volunteer position. Applicants can send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their resume to Peter Simms at




The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking for citizens to volunteer for a slate of positions with the various Boards, Committees and Commissions. The Board of Commissioners will make these appointments at their upcoming session on February 19, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room, Administration Building, 220 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Individuals interested in applying should submit a letter of interest and resume, including a home address, to Peter Simms, County Clerk’s office, P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107. Letters and resumes may also be submitted via email to, via fax (734) 222-6528, or apply online at


Those resumes received by February 16, 2014 will be submitted to the Board of Commissioners for its consideration on February 19, 2014. The appointments will become effective January 1, 2014. These appointments include:


Ø  Act 88 Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two positions, one resident of Washtenaw County, and one resident with experience in Agriculture and or Tourism. Each of these positions are for one year terms expiring December 31, 2014. No recipient of Act 88 funds shall be a member of the committee. This committee has been charged with reviewing applications and recommending funding for Act 88 funds on an annual basis.


Ø  Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position representing Environmental/Conservation Group/Natural Resource Prof. for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 31, 2014. The purpose of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee is to assist the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in determining whether it should purchase the development rights on a particular parcel as well as how much the County should pay for those rights according to the Washtenaw County Purchase of Development Rights Ordinance.


Ø  Community Action Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill five (5) positions, one representing the private sector, one representing the public sector and three representing consumer with three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. The Community Action Board was established in 1990 for the purpose of working toward eliminating and preventing the causes of, and alleviating the effects of poverty in Washtenaw County.  The Board consists of 15 members who represent three sectors: Consumer (5 positions), Private Sector (5 positions), and Public Sector (5 positions).


Ø  Local Emergency Planning Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill 15 positions total representing the following: Hospitals (1); Health (1); Law Enforcement (2); Owner/Operator of Title III Facility (2); Firefighter (1); Elected State (1); First Aid (1); Civil Defense (Ann Arbor City) (1); Transportation (1); Broadcast Media (1); Print Media (1); Agricultural (1); Agricultural (Farm Bureau) (1). Each of the available positions is for a three-year term expiring 12/31/16. The Local Emergency Planning Committee was established in 1986, to serve as an emergency planning district under Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The purpose of this committee is to report on hazardous and toxic chemicals in the community as it pertains to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986.  The committee meets on a quarterly basis.


Ø  Washtenaw County/City of Ann Arbor Community Corrections Advisory Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position as follows:  one member representing Communications Media for a three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. The Board was established in 1991 and is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating Community Corrections programs in Washtenaw County.


Ø  Workforce Development Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two (2) positions representing the private sector with three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. Individuals interested in appointment to a private sector position MUST SUBMIT RESUMES THROUGH THEIR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and MUST BE SELECTED FROM THE TOP TEN EMPLOYERS IN WASHTENAW COUNTY  OR  REASONABLY REPRESENT THE INDUSTRIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITHIN WASHTENAW COUNTY.  Nominations received for appointment to the private sector must also total 150% of the positions vacant in order for valid appointments to be made to the private sector.  The Workforce Development Board was established in 1995 to provide oversight and management of employment training initiatives and programs within the community.  



For additional information, please contact Peter Simms, Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office.  Phone: (734) 222-6655; email:


RELEASED:  February, 2014


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