Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission seeks an at-large member

The purpose of the commission is to bring citizen perspective to the operation of Washington County’s parks and open space. The commission reviews current operation policies, capital improvement programs, parkland preservation, park development projects, and long-range planning efforts for parkland and facilities, for county parks. The commission recommends plans and policy changes to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The commission is also used to provide citizens’ perspectives on the administration of the Land and Water Legacy Program. The commission provides input on programming priorities and policies and evaluates land protection proposals using the prioritization criteria adopted by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

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

The Parks Commission is appointed by the County Board and consists of 12 members, some from each county commissioner district, and some at-large.

Citizen applicants must complete the required county application for appointment to a committee/commission and submit any background information requested.  The County Board, at its discretion, may interview any applicant seeking appointment to the Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission, in advance of an appointment being made. The County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to conduct background screening of any applicant to determine suitability for appointment to this commission due to the nature and content of the work involved.

Applicants seeking appointment should have an interest in park issues, especially outdoor recreation and the preservation of open space.

The commissioner generally meets the third Thursday of every other month.

For more information and an application, see the Washington County website at www.co.washingoton.mn.us,  and search for “parks and open space.”

 

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