The majority of the Washtenaw County appointment process takes during the last quarter of the year (October-December) for the upcoming term, as most bodies operate on an annual or biannual appointment schedule, starting January 1st.
Throughout the rest of the year, Boards and Commissions may have openings to which individuals are able to apply. These will always be listed on this webpage.
During the fourth quarter, all positions that will be open the following year will be listed below.
To apply for a position on a Washtenaw County board or commission, individuals must complete a basic application form.
Currently recruiting candidates for the following bodies:
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking for citizens to volunteer for a slate of positions on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. The Board of Commissioners will make these appointments at its upcoming session on December 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room, Administration Building, 220 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two (2) positions, one (1) representing Agricultural Production/Operator Agricultural Business and one (1) representing the General Public for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2025. The purpose of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee is to assist the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in determining whether it should purchase the development rights on a particular parcel as well as how much the County should pay for those rights according to the Washtenaw County Purchase of Development Rights Ordinance.
- Board of Health – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill four (4) positions for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2025. Membership shall take into account relevant lived experience, public health constituencies, experience living in a low opportunity index community or experience being a member of a historically excluded group, experience and education from sectors including, but not limited to public and environmental health, academia, health service delivery, legal services, philanthropy, social service delivery, k-12 education, consumers and citizens at large. The Board of Health is responsible for setting the Health Department’s overall strategic direction and recommending an annual budget to the Board of Commissioners.
- Board of Public Works – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two (2) positions representing the general public for three-year terms expiring on December 31, 2025. The Public Works Board was established in accordance with MCLA 123.732 and focuses on assisting local communities within Washtenaw County in addressing environmental and public health issues and development needs, primarily through lake improvement projects, and materials management, disposal, and recovery, but also may include water treatment, disposal, and supply.
- Brownfield Redevelopment Authority – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one (1) position representing the community at-large for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2025. The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established in 1999 in conformity with Act 381 of 1996, as amended. The purpose of this Authority is to facilitate the redevelopment of blighted, contaminated, or obsolete sites, consistent with the participating community’s commitment to sustainability and its vision for the future.
- Building Code/Construction Board of Appeals – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill seven (7) positions as follows: two (2) positions representing Building; one (1) position representing Architect; one (1) position representing Pluming; one (1) position representing Electrical; one (1) position representing Engineer; and one (1) position representing Mechanical. If an enforcing agency refuses to grant an application for a building permit, or if the enforcing agency makes any other decision pursuant or related to this act, or the code, an interested person, or the person's authorized agent, may appeal in writing to the board of appeals. The board of appeals shall hear the appeal and render and file its decision with a statement of reasons for the decision with the enforcing agency from whom the appeal was taken not more than 30 days after submission of the appeal.
- Commission on Aging – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill ten (10) positions as follows: one (1) District 1 representative; one (1) District 2 representative; one (1) District 3 representative; one (1) District 4 representative; one (1) District 5 representative; one (1) District 6 representative; one (1) District 7 representative; one (1) District 8 representative; one (1) District 9 representative, and one (1) General Public at-large representative. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of the Commission of Aging, consisting of 11 members, advise the Board on the needs of older Washtenaw County residents and needed actions and strategies to support their quality of life.
- Community Action Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two (2) positions representing the Consumer Sector for three-year terms ending December 31, 2025. The Community Action Board was established in 1990 for the purpose of working toward eliminating and preventing the causes of and alleviating the effects of poverty in Washtenaw County. The Board consists of 15 members who represent three sectors: Consumer (5 positions), Private Sector (5 positions), and Public Sector (5 positions).
- The three sectors of the Community Action Board are explained in further detail below:
- Consumer Sector: Members of the Consumer Sector shall be representative of limited-income individuals and families in Washtenaw County neighborhoods. Prospective candidates for the Consumer Sector must be nominated or elected by a neighborhood group or other community-based organization. A nomination letter from the nominating entity, which includes the name of the nominee, reasons for choosing this individual, and the process used to select the individual, should be returned to the location listed above with the other requested documents.
- Public Sector: Members of the Public Sector include elected public officials, or their representatives or members of their staff. Examples include: County Commissioners, Mayor, City Council Members, University trustees or Board of Regents Members, School Board Members, Sheriff, etc. Appointed public officials may also serve as Public Sector board members, and examples include: Appointees to commissions/councils/boards by the Governor, Mayor, or locally elected position/commission/council/board.
- Private Sector: Members of the Private Sector shall be representatives from any groups or interests in the community served, including the business community, nonprofit sector, education, and other important groups in the community.
- Criminal Justice Collaborative Council – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill 11 (eleven) positions; 3 (three) representing the General Public; 1 (one) representing the General Public (with lived experience); one (1) CMH Representative; one (1) Equity Office Representative; one (1) Business Community Representative; one (1) Juvenile Justice System Representative; one (1) City or Township Chief of Police; one (1) City Mayor or Township Supervisor; and one (1) Bar Association. The main focus of the CJCC has been to develop multi-disciplinary strategies to alleviate jail overcrowding and making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners about how to implement and fund those strategies. Future efforts of the CJCC include a focus on reintegrating inmates into the community in order to reduce recidivism and developing common technology solutions that will enable criminal justice agencies to operate more efficiently and effectively.
- Environmental Council – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill six (6) positions; one (1) representing Public Health; one (1) representing Water Protection; one (1) Vehicle Emission Reduction Issues; one (1) representing Sustainable Agriculture; one (1) representing Infrastructure Energy Reduction Issues; and one (1) representing Community Groups. The Board of Commissioners may, at their discretion, also appoint up to two additional members from the general public. The Environmental Council has recommended that the Board of Commissioners consider representatives from “Youth” and “Labor” for these positions. The impetus for the establishment of the Council came from community concerns and through the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, driven by the urgency of environmental risks including climate change and threats to our air, land, water, soil, food supply, and natural resources. The Environmental Council’s mission is to create a vibrant, sustainable, net-zero Washtenaw County through developing environmental policy and organizational recommendations for Washtenaw County government, in order to: Achieve net-zero emissions for County operations by 2030, protect and improve the County’s air, land, water, food network, and both mental and public health as related to the environment, and address and counter environmental and intergenerational injustice.
- Washtenaw County Food Policy Council – Washtenaw County Food Policy Council – The Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill twelve (12) positions, nine for two-year terms expiring December 31, 2024 and three for remainder terms ending December 31, 2023. The Council will be comprised of up to 18 members representing as many of the following professions and/or viewpoints (i.e. sectors) as possible: Community representative, Disability justice, Economic development, Education, Emergency food system, Faith-based organization, Food manufacturer and distributor, Food retail, Food service, Funding, Health care, Human services, Labor, Nutrition, Planning, Public health, Racial equity, Rural agriculture, Transportation, Urban agriculture, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, and Waste Management. More than one representative may be appointed to each sector, but preference may be given to the following sectors: Community representative, Disability justice, Education, Emergency food system, Faith-based organization, Food manufacturer and distributor, Food retail, Food service, Health Care, Human services, Labor, Nutrition, Planning, Public health, Rural Agriculture, Transportation, and Waste Management. Council members must be available to attend meetings (typically the second Wednesday of the odd months from 9-11AM), represent the Food Policy Council, participate in a committee and/or a Policy Action Team (meetings are scheduled separately from the Council meetings), and must live or work in Washtenaw County. Roles of Council members include: reviewing materials in advance of the Council meetings and actively participating in Council meetings; representing the Council at other meetings and with other groups to build connections; discussing issues related to our food system in Washtenaw County with elected officials and community leaders. The Food Policy Council was established in 2012 to develop a healthy community and thriving local food system. When writing a letter of interest, indicate which sector you are applying for.
- Historic District Commission – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill three (3) positions representing the General Public, two for terms ending December 31, 2025, and one for a term ending December 31, 2023. The Commission ensures that efforts are made to safeguard the heritage of Washtenaw County by identifying and preserving sites, structures, objects and other resources of historical, cultural, archaeological, economic, political, or architectural significance. The Commission seeks to promote the establishment and use of historic districts, markers and other programs for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of this county. Individuals who have an interest in Washtenaw County's history and the preservation of local historical resources are invited to apply.
- Huron River Watershed Council – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill four (4) positions, two (2) representing member, and two (2) representing alternate, all for two-year terms ending December 31, 2024. HRWC is a nonprofit coalition of residents, businesses, and local governments. HRWC bridges political boundaries by building partnerships between and among communities, community leaders, residents, and commercial enterprises. HRWC monitors the Huron River, its tributaries, lakes, and groundwater, and leads programs on pollution prevention and abatement, wetland and floodplain protection, public education, and natural resource and land-use planning.
- Local Emergency Planning Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill nineteen (19) positions representing the following: one (1) Law Enforcement; one (1) Elected Local; one (1) Local Environment; one (1) Broadcast Media; one (1) Transportation; one (1) Elected State; one (1) Agriculture (Farm Bureau); one (1) First Aid; one (1) Firefighter; one (1) Health; one (1) Civil Defense/Emergency Management; one (1) Education; one (1) Health; one (1) American Red Cross); two (2) Owner/Operator of Title III Facility; and three (3) Hospitals; all for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2025. The Local Emergency Planning Committee was established in 1986, to serve as an emergency planning district under Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The purpose of this committee is to report on hazardous and toxic chemicals in the community as it pertains to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986. The committee meets on a quarterly basis.
- Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill four (4) positions as follows: one (1) representing Professional Land Use Planning; one (1) representing Botany/Forestry; one (1) representing Fisheries Biology/Aquatic Ecology; and one (1) representing Wildlife Management; all for two-year terms expiring December 31, 2024. The Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee was established as an advisory body to assist the Parks and Recreation Commission in prioritizing natural areas nominated by property owners for the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program. Applicants must be residents of Washtenaw County.
- Parks and Recreation Commission – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two (2) positions, representing the General Public, for three-year terms ending December 31, 2025. The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission advises the department on the acquisition, development, funding, and programming of the parks and recreation system throughout the County. The Commission also encourages public support of the County's parks and recreation activities, events, programs, and facilities. Membership consists of six general public members, two BOC representatives, one Road Commission representative, and the Drain Commissioner.
- Police Services Steering Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill three (3) positions, one (1) representing Supervisor of a non-contracting jurisdiction, one (1) representing the Village of Manchester, and one (1) representing Police Chief of a non-contracting jurisdiction. The Police Services Steering Committee (PSSC) was established by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners April 19, 2006, providing a forum for County officials, the Sheriff, and local officials to discuss issues pertaining to the price of contract policing as well as what County-wide police services the County should provide.
- Road Commission – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one (1) position representing the General Public for a six-year term ending December 31, 2028. The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is the independent county-level road agency in Washtenaw County, Michigan responsible for maintaining a road system that is reasonably safe and convenient to the traveling public.
- Social Services Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one (1) position representing the General Public for a three-year term ending December 31, 2025. The Washtenaw County Social Services Board is committed to assisting its clients in breaking the cycle of welfare dependency to become self-sufficient members of the community. Membership consists of two general public members appointed by the BOC and one member appointed by the State of Michigan.
- Veterans Affairs Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one (1) position representing Veterans for a four-year term ending December 31, 2026. The five members of the WCVAC must be residents of Washtenaw County who have served honorably on Active Duty in the United States Armed Forces. Each committee member appointed shall have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in public service, business, or finance.
- Washtenaw County/City of Ann Arbor Community Corrections Advisory Board - The Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill five (5) positions, one (1) representing Communications Media; one (1) representing General Public; one (1) representing Business Community; one (1) Service Area all for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2025, and one (1) Chief of City Police Department for an ex-officio term. The purposes of the CCAB is to serve as a regional board in evaluating, identifying and developing community corrections programs, address criminal justice issues, take other action deemed appropriate and necessary in this arena, and develop a regional comprehensive community corrections plan and apply for funding to the Office of Community Corrections to finance and implement the plan.