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 

Board of Health

Boundary Review Board

Building and Planning Advisory Council - (3 open positions) 

Civil Service Commission for Sheriff’s Department  

Current Use Advisory Committee - Not Active 

Disability Advisory Board

Fair and Rodeo Board (2 open positions on Fair Board) 

Great Rivers Behavioral Health Advisory Board

Historic Preservation Committee 

Homeless Housing Task Force 

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee 

Mosquito Control District

Noxious Weed Control Board   

Park & Recreation Advisory Board (1 open position - Rep District 2) 

Planning Commission 

Public Facilities District Board 

Rural Partial-County Library District Board of Trustees 

Cowlitz County Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials (Salary Commission) 

Silver Lake Watershed Advisory Council - (2 open positions)

Solid Waste Advisory Committee (1 open position - Rep Industry)

Stormwater Advisory Committee (open positions)

Veterans Advisory Board - (2 open positions) 

Yale Valley Library District Trustee  

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