Get in­volved: Vol­un­teer for a county board, com­mit­tee or com­mis­sion

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Your county gov­ern­ment en­cour­ages you to get in­volved by ap­ply­ing to serve on a board, com­mit­tee or com­mis­sion. If you have a spe­cific pas­sion, area of ex­per­tise or in­ter­est, vol­un­teer for a mem­ber va­cancy to­day.

As a mem­ber, you can make an im­pact on gov­ern­ment poli­cies and as­sist in rep­re­sent­ing the needs of your fel­low res­i­dents. Through your in­volve­ment, you can learn more about lo­cal gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions and pro­ce­dures, and bet­ter un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing in your com­mu­nity.

Board, com­mitte, and com­mis­sion mem­bers ad­vise the Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers. Many boards and com­mis­sions are ac­cept­ing new mem­bers. The Board of Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers (Liquor Board) is seek­ing a District 2 res­i­dent to fill a va­cancy. The liquor board is a five-mem­ber board that re­views and ap­proves the is­su­ing and re­new­ing of county liquor li­censes.

The Li­brary Board of Trustees has an open va­cancy for an in­di­vid­ual with a pas­sion for our lo­cal li­braries. The board of trustees deals with all as­pects of the li­brary, in­clud­ing ser­vices, staff, rules and reg­u­la­tions, and other func­tions for proper de­liv­ery of li­brary ser­vices.

The Com­mis­sion on In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties is seek­ing some­one who would like to in­crease so­cial ac­cep­tance and en­sur­ing full par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties in county life. The com­mis­sion pro­vides the board of com­mis­sion­ers with ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance with the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

Those pas­sion­ate about our ag­ing com­mu­nity can ap­ply for a va­cancy with the Area Coun­cil on Ag­ing. The coun­cil pro­motes the wel­fare and bet­ter­ment of our county’s se­nior cit­i­zens by work­ing ac­tively the com­mu­nity; de­vel­op­ing aware­ness of prob­lems and con­cerns; and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity sup­port for se­nior pro­grams.

For a com­plete list of cur­rent board va­can­cies, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Com­mis­sion­ers/Boards. Cit­i­zen ad­vi­sory mem­bers must be Charles County res­i­dents, and ap­pointees may serve on only one board, com­mit­tee, or com­mis­sion at a time, for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing board county rep­re­sen­ta­tion, un­less specif­i­cally pro­vided by county or­di­nance, code, or res­o­lu­tion.

Even if you are not a board mem­ber, you can still get in­volved in County Gov­ern­ment by at­tend­ing meet­ings, or view­ing them live on Charles County Gov­ern­ment Tele­vi­sion, which broad­casts on Com­cast chan­nel 95 and Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10, or the county’s web­site at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Media-Ser­vices/CCGTV/CCGTV. To view up­com­ing meet­ing dates, visit our on­line cal­en­dar at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov and se­lect the “Boards and Com­mis­sions” op­tion.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about boards and com­mis­sions, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Com­mis­sion­ers/Boards, or con­tact Carol DeSoto at 301-645-0691 or DeSo­toC@CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs, con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258. We look for­ward to see­ing you at our up­com­ing meet­ings — whether it’s in the au­di­ence or as a new board, com­mit­tee or com­mis­sion mem­ber.

Carol DeSoto is the se­nior com­mis­sioner spe­cial­ist with Charles County Gov­ern­ment.

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