There are approximately 100 boards and commissions to which the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors appoints community members and with several current vacancies for various unspecified boards as well as those unique to District 2 residents, locals interested in serving their community now have ample opportunity to do so.
“There are several topic specific boards,” explained Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Christine Ferraro Tallman. “Many are required by law and serve in an advisory position to a department.”
District 2, which includes Turlock, Denair, Keyes, and Hughson, falls under the purview of Supervisor Vito Chiesa and is accepting applications for six positions on five boards. These include the Advisory Board on Substance Abuse Programs, the Mountain View Fire Protection District, the Mental Health Board, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, and the Tuolumne River Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee.
“We hope to get all kinds of people involved countywide,” said Chiesa. “Some positions take specific knowledge and some don’t necessarily, but we’re ultimately looking for people who are willing to serve their county well.”
The compensation and number of years required for each term vary. The Mental Health Board , Advisory Board on Substance Abuse Programs, and Mountain View Fire Protection District do not receive compensation and require a three-year commitment while the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District members receive $100 per meeting and must agree to a four-year term. The Tuolumne River Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee members do not receive compensation and must agree to a four-year commitment.
There are also over 30 positions available to serve on several boards that do not require district specification such as the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Stanislaus County, the Equal Rights Commission, the Fire Code Board of Appeals, and eight others.
“Some boards have a larger time commitment than other but they are really a way for individuals to offer a service to the community,” said Ferraro Tallman.
A complete list of openings and requirements can be found online at http://www.stancounty.com/board/boards-commissions.shtm and applications can be found at http://www.stancounty.com/board/forms.shtm . Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be either be mailed, faxed, or emailed to residents’ board member or the county clerk of the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.