Douglas County seeks volunteers for citizen advisory boards

Openings in the audit committee, cultural council, library board

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Douglas County is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering their time to serve on various advisory boards, commissions and committees with openings.

The county is “actively seeking volunteers to fill four vacancies,” a press release said.

The vacancies are on the audit committee, cultural council and the library board of trustees, according to the release.

Sean Duffy, a member of the library board of trustees since 2017, decided to apply for the position while searching for ways to volunteer his time, he said.

“I think it’s a cool way to give a little back to a community that’s a wonderful place to live,” he said. “It’s really fun to learn a lot about something you didn’t know about before.”

Duffy, whose term will expire this year, spent much of his time on the board helping make policy decisions for the library district and keeping an eye on various financial dealings.

“A lot of the reason you have these boards is to bring a different view or perspective,” he said. “We’re kind of a check and balance in some ways … you’re there as a watchdog.”

Duffy spent, on average, about five hours per month as a volunteer, he said.

“People spend more time binge watching TV every day than you spend on a commission in a month,” he said.

Applications for these positions will be accepted until Sept. 15. The county is always accepting applications for future vacancies on the county’s 15 advisory bodies, which also includes the fair board, the historic preservation board and open space advisory committee, according to the release. 

Each board, committee and commission has different responsibilities, terms and appointment processes. More information on each is available at the county’s website by searching “Citizen Advisory.”

“If you have even an inkling of a thought that you want to serve somehow, get ahold of the county and make yourself known,” Duffy said. “I worked hard and enjoyed every minute.”

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