Volunteers Wanted for Hennepin County Citizen Advisory Boards

Want to get involved at the county level? Here are some opportunities.

The following was released by Hennepin County:

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants from the community to fill positions on seven citizen advisory boards.

The County Board appoints some or all of the members of each board. The following boards have vacancies:

 •        Adult Mental Health Advisory Council: This 23-member council advises the County Board on adult mental health issues within Hennepin County and monitors, studies and comments on mental health issues at federal, state and local levels. Members serve three-year terms and meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Hosmer in Minneapolis. There are eight vacancies.

 •        Community Action Partnership for Suburban Hennepin Board: This 18-member board – a private nonprofit corporation – develops plans that encourage community action to reduce poverty and help low-income residents find employment and education, decent affordable housing, emergency assistance and other support services in suburban and rural         Hennepin County. One-third of the members are elected public officials, one-third are elected low-income persons, and one-third are members of the private sector. Members serve one-year terms and meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in Hopkins. There are three vacancies (elected officials only). 

•        County Extension Committee (Minnesota Extension Service): This nine-member committee is part of the Minnesota Extension Service – a joint partnership between Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota that determines local needs, links the Extension with other groups in the community, and ensures that underserved audiences are reached in the areas of youth, nutrition, environmental/agricultural and leadership programming. The committee oversees the budget and work of the Extension Service. Members should have some familiarity with extension activities and interests and skills in education and youth development. Members serve three-year terms and meet five times a year (January or February, March or April, May, September and November) on the second Tuesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the University Research and Outreach Center (UROC), located at 2001 Plymouth Ave. N. in Minneapolis. There are two vacancies. 

•        Human Resources Board: This seven-member board establishes rules for the county’s classified workers and provides a compensation plan for nonorganized employees, subject to approval by the County Board. The board also hears appeals within its jurisdiction. Members must reside in Hennepin County and cannot hold public office or have filed as a candidate for office; be employed or have been employed by Hennepin County for one year; or hold a position in a political party, except as a political party delegate. Members serve four-year terms and meet at least monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, averaging 14 meetings a year, at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. There are two vacancies. 

•        Library Board: This 11-member board meets monthly to review budgets and establish management and service policies governing the county’s library system. Members serve three-year terms and meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at various library locations. There are three vacancies. 

•        Three Rivers Park District: This seven-member board oversees the park district and sets and approves its levy. Five members are elected from five separate districts outside Minneapolis; two are appointed by the County Board. Applicants must live within the district, outside Minneapolis; be a U.S. citizen; and execute an oath of office. Members serve four-year terms and may not hold other public office or have any interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract entered into by the district. Meetings are held at 5 p.m. the first and third         Thursdays of each month at the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center in Plymouth. There is one vacancy. 

•        Workforce Investment Board: This 27-member board develops and studies programs to provide jobs for unemployed persons in suburban Hennepin and Carver counties, by increasing the involvement of the business community in employment and training. The board also analyzes needs for employment and training services, makes recommendations about program plans and basic goals, evaluates employment and training programs, recommends strategies to increase private-sector employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged residents, and appoints and oversees a local Youth Council. Members serve three-year terms and meet monthly – usually the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at various locations. There are six vacancies in various categories. 

The deadline to apply for citizen advisory board vacancies is Dec. 31. Interviews will be held in January. For more information about these vacancies or other advisory board appointments, and to apply online, visit the Hennepin County website at www.hennepin.us/advisoryboards


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