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KALAMAZOO COUNTY GOVERNMENT ADVISORY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

DESCRIPTIONS ...............(click here to see current openings)

The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners maintains several advisory boards and commissions that make recommendations to the County Board regarding specific interest areas. All Committee appointments are on a volunteer basis with no monetary reimbursement, unless specifically noted. In addition, the Board of Commissioners appoints the board members of the Road Commission, a legally separate entity. Advisory Boards/Commissions are as follows:

(Those boards or commissions that accept applications have provided links to their specific application. Any citizen may apply for any advisory board at any time. You can download the application using the appropriate link. Each download file is a Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document. If you need assistance with the download process or viewing the file, click here.)


Aeronautics Board

The Kalamazoo County Aeronautics Board of Trustees is responsible for the authoritative oversight of the Airport, and for the nurturing and development of the Airport as a key economic development and marketing tool for the entire Southwest Michigan Region. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.  Conference room, second floor of the terminal building, 5235 Portage Road.  Call 388-3668 for additional position information. 

Click here to apply online.


Animal Services & Enforcement Advisory Board

Provides advice on animal control issues to the Animal Control Department and Board of Commissioners. Meeting times are once a year on the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Animal Services & Enforcement. Staff Liaison: Steve Lawrence 383-8771

Click here to apply online.


Board of Public Works

The Board of Public Works meets on the first Friday after the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Board of Public Works deals with public infrastructure review and development. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115 or email lmjarn@kalcounty.com

Click here to apply online.


Building Authority

The Building Authority meets on an as-needed basis on the second Wednesday of each month (unless the first day of the month is Wednesday, then the 3rd Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Building Authority oversees County bond-funded projects. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Purchasing Coordinator Thomas O’Brien (269) 383-8967 or tgobri@kalcounty.com

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Central County Transportation Authority (CCTA)

The Central County Transportation Authority was created in August 2014 as part of the goal to regionalize public transit. The 11-member board will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners in September/October 2014. The CCTA is to plan, promote, finance, acquire, improve, enlarge, extend, own, construct, operate, maintain, replace, and contract for fixed-route bus within the boundaries of the Authority which include primarily the urban areas of Kalamazoo County. For additional information contact 337-8088.  Deadline for accepting applications is September 9, 3:00 p.m. 

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Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board

The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board (CATAB) meets on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board consists of three sectors mandated by the Federal government: private sector, consumer sector and public official sector. The Board of Commissioners appoints five public sector representatives and five private official sector representatives and approves five consumer sector representatives.  Applications are being accepted for the Public Official  Sector and Consumer Sector (see qualifications below). 

Public Official Sector - Any elected official currently holding office.

Private Sector - Individuals from areas of business, industry, agriculture, labor, education, and religious and civic organizations located within the County.

Consumer Sector - Individuals from any of the following categories: low-income individuals who are consumers of, or eligible for, Community Action Agency services residing in the County.

The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board shall advise the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners (the governing board) and advise the Health and Community Services Department on the implementation and coordination of a comprehensive Community Action program. The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board will assist the Governing Board by and through the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department by serving as the advocate for the reduction of the causes, conditions and effects of poverty and shall assist in the provision of social and economic opportunities that foster self-sufficiency for low income persons.

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Community Corrections Advisory Board

The Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) reviews topics related to new or changing issues in corrections. The primary mission of the CCAB is to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate programs that provide alternatives to incarceration for offenders, in order to reduce jail and prison overcrowding. The appointments are representative of prosecution, courts, law enforcement, media, human services, defense attorneys and the business community. Appointments are made for two-year terms of office.

Applications are currently being accepted on CCAB: **

Circuit Court
Sheriff's Department
Prosecutor's Office
District Court
County Commission
Criminal Defense Bar
Local Law Enforcement
Probate Court
Service area (mental health, public health, substance abuse, employment and training or community alternative programs)
Business Community
Department of Corrections
Media
***NOTE - applications must be received by January 31, 2014

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Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

The Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services(KCMHSAS) meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 418 W. Kalamazoo Avenue at 6:00 p.m. The KCMHSAS deals with provision of mental health services; membership categories are: general public, providers of mental health services, recipients and consumers of mental health services, and agencies and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Jeff Patton 269-553-8002 jpatton@kazoocmh.org

KCMHSAS is currently accepting applications for a Consumer Sector  vacancy on their Board. 

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Department of Human Services Board

 Kalamazoo County Department Human Services meets the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Department of Human Services offices.  The Board deals with human services matters within the County.  Appointments are made for three-year terms of office.  Contact:  Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services Director Robert Peck 337-5000.  Applications will be accepted through October 11 at 5:00 p.m. 

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Economic Development Corporation Board / Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors meets on an as-needed basis, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. This Board deals with specific projects within Kalamazoo County that are funded through bonding. Its purpose is to assist local industrial and commercial enterprises in their development and expansion programs. Appointments are made for six-year terms of office. (This board does not meet on a consistent basis - Members of this Board are automatically members of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority) Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) facilitates the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated and underutilized properties located within participating municipalities through the use of tax increment financing and other incentives as authorized by state Brownfield redevelopment legislation. The BRA serves those local units in the County who are not currently served by a local BRA. (Members of this Authority are automatically members of the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors). Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115

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Environmental Health Advisory Council

For 2014 The Environmental Health Advisory Council (EHAC) meets the second Wednesday of each January, April, August and November at 9:00 a.m. in the ground floor Conference Room D, main wing, Nazareth Complex. This Council serves as an informed advocacy body and sounding board for matters of policy that affect the lives of citizens who need environmental health services. In addition, it advises the County Board of Commissioners on environmental matters. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Deb Cardiff 373-5347. 

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Fair Council

The nine member Fair Advisory Council meets monthly in the evening at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center.  The dates and time will be determined by the Fair Council.  The goal of the Fair Council is to provide a quality family-oriented fair that supports the 4-H youth as well as promotes and encourages the agricultural and tourism industries in Kalamazoo County.  Appointments are for three year terms.  Applications will be accepted through November 14, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  Contact:  David Rachowicz at (269) 383-8778.

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Jury Board

The Jury Board meets once a year in the month of May.  They provide community oversight and input to the court regarding the jury system. Appointments are made for six-year terms. Contact: Tina Becker 383-8849

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Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority - (Official Site)

The purpose of the Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority is to plan, promote, finance, acquire, improve, enlarge, extend, own, construct, operate, maintain, replace, and contract for public transportation service by means of one or more public transportation systems and public transportation facilities within the jurisdictional boundaries of the County of Kalamazoo. For additional information please visit the KCTA web site - www.kalcountytransit.com.

Click here to apply online.


Land Bank Authority - (Official Site)

The Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority was created under the provisions of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Act, 2003 P.A. 258, 124.571 et seq., and the Intergovernmental Agreement by and between the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority and the Treasurer of Kalamazoo County.

The Kalamazoo County Land Bank is dedicated to improving the quality of our neighborhoods, returning tax reverted property to the tax roll, and providing innovative concepts to homeownership. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday every other month at the Kalamazoo County Administration Building, Conference Room 105. Contact: Mary Balkema 384-8134. 

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Metropolitan County Planning Commission

The Kalamazoo Metropolitan County Planning Commission (KMCPC) meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The KMCPC deals with planning and zoning issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115

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Older Adult Services Advisory Council

The Older Adult Services Advisory Council's primary function is to act in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Commissioners through the Human Services Department related to the provision of services to the senior population of the Kalamazoo community. Membership requirements state that half the members must be age 60 or over, and other members will represent a nutrition provider, social service provider, a local elected official and general public. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Nazareth Complex. Contact: Judy Sivak 373-5153. 

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Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the County Center Building. The Parks Commission reviews matters dealing with all Kalamazoo County Government Parks. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: David Rachowicz at 383-8778

Click here to apply online.


Public Housing Commission

The Public Housing Commission meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building. The Commission attempts to help area residents gain access to decent, affordable housing through Section 8 vouchers. Contact: David Anderson 269-364-6942. 

Click here to apply online.


Retirement Investment Committee

The Retirement Investment Committee meets on at least a quarterly basis, usually on the third Wednesday in the months of February, May, August, and November. Meeting times and locations vary. The Committee's purpose is to manage the assets of the County's Retirement System. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Tracie Moored 383-8843

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Road Commission - (Official Site)

The Kalamazoo County Road Commission meets on alternating Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Road Commission's office located at 3801 East Kilgore Road. The Road Commission, a separate legal entity, is charged with the responsibility for construction and maintenance of the Kalamazoo County road system. At least four of the five members must reside in a township.  Applications will be accepted Monday, December 3rd at 8:00 a.m. Contact: Joanna Johnson 381-3171.

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Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals

This Board will hear appeals from decisions made by the County Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Program. Members must have a current and valid Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Training Certificate. Meetings will be held on a quarterly or "as needed" basis. Staff Liaison: Kellie Layman 383-8308

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Solid Waste Management Planning Committee

The Solid Waste Management Planning Committee (SWMPC) meets the third Wednesday of a month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The SWMPC deals with solid waste and resource recovery issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office in the following representation categories: Regional Solid Waste Planning Agency, solid waste industry, general public, government, environmental groups, and industrial waste generator. (This Board does not meet on a consistent basis.) Staff Liaison: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115

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Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC)

The Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) is one of 14 State Planning and Development Regions. SMPC represents Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. The goals of SMPC are: improve regional economic health, improve transportation systems, promote regional cooperation and planning, assist local entities with community planning, and encourage regional recreation planning. The SMPC board meets the first Tuesday of every even numbered month at 3:00 p.m. The meeting location will alternate between Calhoun County Administration building in Marshall and Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo.  SMPC board members are expected to attend the bi-monthly meetings and possible committee meetings. Local business and municipal leaders are encouraged to apply for board appointment. Contact: Lee Adams, 269-384-8305 or laadam@kalcounty.com.

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Substance Abuse Advisory Council (Four County)

The Substance Abuse Advisory Council serves the four-county region of Barry, Branch, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph to assist in the development of comprehensive planning and provision of substance abuse prevention and treatment services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: 553-8152.

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Veterans Affairs Committee

For general information, or to obtain an application, please contact Tina Becker at 383-8849 in the County Administration Office.

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For general information, or to get an application, please contact the Board Office at 384-8111.

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