Kent County needs people to serve on boards, commissions and committees

The Kent County Board of Commissioners is looking for residents who are interested in serving the community through appointment to various boards, commissions, and committees. Any Kent County resident may apply by completing an online application form on the County's website at appointments. Resumes and cover letters are encouraged and may be attached. The application deadline is September 30, 2016.

Listed below are the boards, commissions, and committees that have citizen openings for terms effective January 1, 2017 (unless otherwise noted):

—Agricultural Preservation Board (one agricultural interest representative, one real estate/development)

—Area Agency on Aging of Region VIII - Advisory Council

—Area Agency on Aging of Region VIII - Board of Directors

—Community Corrections Advisory Board (one business community representative, one citizen and one service provider)

—Community Health Advisory Committee (one community-based organization representative, one faith-based organization representative, and two health care providers)

—Community Mental Health Authority Board (term begins April 1, 2017)

—Department of Health and Human Services Board (term begins November 1, 2016)

—Fire Commission (four elected officials who participate in the Fire Commission)

—Foreign Trade Zone

—Friend of the Court Citizen’s Advisory Committee (one mental health professional, one custodial parent, and one non-custodial parent)

—Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRFIA) Authority Board (one citizen and one elected official)

—Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority

—Housing Commission

—Kent County Family & Children’s Coordinating Council (three private funding organization representatives, one private agency representative and one business representative)

—Kent District Library Board (Region 3 – resident of Alpine, Plainfield Township or City of Walker; and Region 7 – resident of Byron Township or City of Grandville. Applicants must live in Region 3 or 7.)

—Kent Hospital Finance Authority

—Lakeshore Regional Partners Substance Abuse Oversight Policy Board

—Millennium Park Architectural Advisory Review Board (one business community representative)

—Officers’ Compensation Commission

—Pension Board

—Remonumentation Peer Review Group (four professional surveyors)

—Road Commission Board

—Solid Waste Management Planning Committee (two environmental interest group representatives, three general members of the public, one industrial waste generator representative, one Township Representative, and four solid waste industry representatives)

If you have any questions, contact Pam VanKeuren in the Board of Commissioners’ Office at 616-632-7580 or