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Volunteer Boards & Committees
The Cowlitz County Commissioners appoint members to various Boards and Commissions. Each Board and Committee has a specific purpose and is governed by operating statutes. Serving on a Board or Committee affords citizens the opportunity to participate in the countywide effort to address important issues.

Applications are available in the Commissioners Office, Administration Building, 207 4th Avenue North, Kelso, or you can download Application here.  Applications for vacancies may be faxed, mailed, or delivered to the Commissioners' Office unless otherwise noted. All members must be registered voters, residents of Cowlitz County, and if applicable, reside in the area they represent. Members serve without compensation unless otherwise noted.

Advisory Board Resource Manual 
Washington Open Government Training document

The following Boards and Committees are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners unless otherwise noted:

Board of Equalization (Alternate position open)


Boundary Review Board


Building and Planning Advisory Council 


Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department 


Current Use Advisory Committee (open positions)


Fair and Rodeo Board (1 Fair Board position open)


Historic Preservation Committee (1 open position representing District 1 and Professional)


Homeless Housing Task Force (3 positions open)


Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (Open position - collector of tax)


Mosquito Control District


Noxious Weed Control Board


Park & Recreation Advisory Board


Planning Commission - 1 open position representing District 3 


Public Facilities District Board


Rural Partial-County Library District Board of Trustees


Salary Commission

Silver Lake Watershed Advisory Council


Solid Waste Advisory Committee (Numerous expiring terms representing citizens, waste management and small cities - all interested please (re) apply)


Stormwater Advisory Committee (open positions)

Veterans Advisory Board


Yale Valley Library District Trustee


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