New opening on ABC: Aging Services, Community Health Council, Emergency Preparedness Council, Fair Board, NCPRD Milwaukie Center Community Advisory Board, Water Environment Services Advisory Council

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Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County.

Individuals interested in this opportunity can apply online or via a paper form that can be obtained from the Public & Government Affairs Department by calling 503-655-8751 or in person at the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.  

New ABC openings from the past week include:

Aging Services Advisory Council

The Clackamas County Aging Services Advisory Council is committed to ensuring that Council membership reflects the diversity of Clackamas County residents.  The Council actively seeks members from all regions of the county, all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and cultures. The lived experience of council members is valued, including but not limited to experience living with a low income, being housing insecure, transit dependent, socially isolated, living with a disability, and being a caregiver. Members are encouraged to bring their lived experience to the Council discussions while considering the best way forward for all Clackamas County seniors.

The council advises county agencies on matters that impact seniors and disabled persons. Council members participate in the evaluation of various aging related programs in the county, including senior centers, caregiving services, health issues, and volunteering opportunities. It meets the third Monday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except July and August.

The application deadline is November 30, 2022. For more information please contact Amy Kelsey at, or 503-650-5643.

The Council has four openings serving three year terms.

Clackamas Community Health Council

The Council currently has openings for 13 additional members, comprised of consumers, patients, and clients only. The Council oversees operations, budgets, and quality measures at the Health Centers clinics throughout the county. Per federal requirements, the Council must be composed of a majority of patient members, therefore current patients (or their guardians) will be given priority to join the Council to maintain compliance. The Council conducts business through public meetings that are held from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the County’s Development Services Building in Oregon City. Note: Due to COVID-19, meetings are held in a virtual format until further notice.

Council members are not required to have expertise in healthcare, but should be interested in improving the quality of care and patient experience in the Health Centers. Council members should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to reach consensus on various topics and make recommendations to Health Centers Leadership and the Board of County Commissioners. Individuals who represent all geographic areas and demographics are highly valued by the Council.

Application deadline is November 30, 2022. For more information, contact Samantha Hatfield at

Emergency Preparedness Council

The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Council is to review and offer advice in all matters relating to emergency management and disaster preparedness. This Council shares its observations and recommendations for improvements to the Disaster Management Department and the County Board of Commissioners to help guide emergency management and disaster preparedness programming.

The Emergency Preparedness Council is recruiting for voting members who will represent the county at-large, as well as the East County, including Estacada, Welches, Government Camp, and the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.

The goals of the Emergency Preparedness Council are as follows:

  • Advise the Disaster Management Department and Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners in the development of activities, strategies and priorities to achieve disaster preparedness within the boundaries of Clackamas County.
  • Promote disaster management initiatives and activities. Participate in community education and engagement.
  • Advocate for policy and system changes that improve the disaster preparedness in Clackamas County. Optional activities could include providing oral or written testimony, helping to identify partners of support for preparedness, and participating in legislative activities.
  • Strengthen intergovernmental collaboration and enhance collaboration between governments and partners on an ongoing basis. Develop strategies to enhance collaboration among governmental bodies and the general public.

Application deadline is November 18, 2022. For more information please contact Daniel Nibouar at

County Fair Board

The Fair Board has two openings and the term will begin January 1, 2023 and end on December 31, 2025. Members serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners while acting as the policy-making body of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center. 

The County Fair Board has the exclusive management of the grounds and all other property owned, leased, used, or controlled by the county and devoted to the use of the County Fair.  The Board is entrusted and charged with the entire business management and financial responsibilities of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and the Event Center.  In order that the fairgrounds and buildings are utilized to the fullest extent, the Board at all times has the authority to provide facilities for public and private events throughout the year. 

The County Fair Board meets the third Wednesday of each month.

The deadline to apply is November 19. For more information contact the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center Office at 503-266-1136.

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District – Milwaukie Center Community Advisory Board

The board has three openings, which carry a three-year term. The board is the primary policy advisor regarding the activities and operations of the Milwaukie Community Center, and also addresses the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in the area. Duties include addressing the programs and facilities of the Milwaukie Community Center concentrating on the needs, and desires of the senior citizens and others within NCPRD boundaries. Board members must either live or work within the NCPRD boundaries.

The Milwaukie Community Center is a North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) facility. The board meets on the second Friday of each month at the Milwaukie Community Center.

The deadline for applications is October 31st, 2022. For more information, please contact the Milwaukie Center Supervisor, Marty Hanley at or 503-794-8058.

Water Environment Services Advisory Committee

This commission will have six open vacancies, each carrying a three-year term. If selected, the three-year term starts in January 2023. The 21-member commission provides input and makes recommendations on surface water and wastewater issues to Water Environment Services (WES) and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Additionally, the committee:

  • Provides a forum for coordinating, learning, understanding and gathering input on surface water and wastewater plans, policies, rules and regulations, fees, and projects;
  • Reviews, discusses and makes recommendations on proposed operational and capital improvements to the region's surface water and wastewater treatment systems, master plans, investment strategies and capital projects; and
  • Advises on and supports implementation of educational and public engagement strategies on issues relating to wastewater services, bio-solids management, surface water management, watershed health, erosion control and other related topics.

Ideally, members will have experience and/or backgrounds in wastewater management, watershed health and restoration, economic development, and/or surface water. Members must reside or work within the WES service area.

WES produces clean water, protects water quality and recovers renewable resources. We do this by providing wastewater services, storm water management, and environmental education. It’s our job to protect public health and support the vitality of our communities, natural environment, and economy.

WES serves the cities of Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn, and the communities of unincorporated Clackamas County.

Committee membership includes:

  • 6 ratepayers from cities within the WES service area
  • 2 ratepayers from the unincorporated portion of Clackamas County who reside within the service area
  • 6 elected officials
  • 2 environmental representatives
  • 2 members of the development community
  • 2 business owners or managers from service area
  • 1 representative from the City of Milwaukie

The following seats on the committee are open for recruitment with terms that run from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2026 (three-year term):

  • 1 ratepayer from the City of Milwaukie
  • 1 ratepayer from the City of Happy Valley
  • 1 ratepayer from the unincorporated portion of Clackamas County who resides within the service area
  • 1 environmental representative
  • 1 member of the development community
  • 1 business owner or manager in the WES Service area

Application deadline is Thursday, November 17, 2022.  For more information, contact Chris Koontz at or 503-679-4034.