Advisory Boards and Committees

Washington County’s advisory committees, boards, and commissions advise the Board of Commissioners on issues that affect residents. The purpose of an advisory committee is to bring the community perspective and to provide advice or make recommendations to the County Board of Commissioners on issues presented to the committee by the responsible department.

Advisory committees do not establish county or department policy, determine budget or resource allocations, or direct the operations of a department. These remain the sole responsibility of the County Board, the county administrator and the appointed department head.

Committee vacancies are advertised on the Washington County website until filled. Appointments are approved by the authority of the Board of Commissioners all year long. Reappointments are requested for board approval in July and December, when the staggered terms expire. If a currently serving citizen does not seek reappointment the vacancy is advertised on the website until filled. Most committees meet once a month, and all meetings are open, public meetings. The board recruits members through the open appointment process and makes appointments to represent each commissioner district when possible.

Member requirements vary. A directory is published annually that contains information about each committee, board, and commission, including its purpose; composition; terms; meeting requirements; responsibilities; remuneration, if any; operating procedures; and membership listing. The directory is available via this link https://www.co.washington.mn.us/109/Advisory-Boards-and-Committees .

Prospective candidates for appointment to the all of the board and commissions are required to submit an application. The following board and commissions: Planning Advisory Commission, Board of Adjustment and Appeals, Library Board, Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, Veterans Rest Camp Association, and watershed districts, also require the applicant to participate in an interview with the County Board. Appointments and reappointments are requested for approval by the appointing authority at a County Board meeting in a regular session or a properly noticed special session.

For more information, contact Alyssa Soderlund in the Office of Administration at 651-430-6015.