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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 it 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.

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 (2 Fair Board positions open)


Health and Human Services Advisory Board (2 positions open + 1 student position open)


Historic Preservation Committee


Homeless Housing Task Force (2 positions open)


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


Mosquito Control District


Noxious Weed Control Board


Park & Recreation Advisory Board


Planning Commission 


Public Facilities District Board


Rural Partial-County Library District Board of Trustees


Salary Commission

Silver Lake Watershed Advisory Council


Solid Waste Advisory Committee (1 open position representing citizens)


Stormwater Advisory Committee (open positions)

Veterans Advisory Board


Yale Valley Library District Trustee


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