Volunteers Needed for El Paso County Boards and Commissions

Colorado Springs, CO, July 10, 2014 – The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the following boards and commissions.  Applications for the open positions are due by July 31, 2014.    

  • Board of Adjustment
  • Department of Human Services Citizen Review Panel
  • CSU Extension Advisory Committee
  • El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board
  • Forestry & Weed Advisory Commission
  • Groundwater Quality Study Committee
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Major Thoroughfare Task Force
  • Placement Alternatives Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council
  • Park Advisory Board
  • EPC Citizen Budget Oversight Committee
  • EPC DHS Advisory Commission
  • EPC Juvenile Community Review Board
  • EPC Pioneer Village Roads Public Improvement District Advisory Committee

The El Paso County Board of Adjustment hears and decides physical variances related to dimensions, structural location or bulk limitations, nonconforming lots/building provisions, parking/ development requirements, landscape requirements, and advertising devices, as well as appeals of administrative decisions.  The board is seeking one regular member.

The Board of County Commissioners established the El Paso County Department of Human Services Citizen Review Panel as an advisory board.  The Citizen Review Panel serves as an extension and continuation of the complaint process established through the County Department of Human Services Quality Assurance Program. It also provides a forum for the discussion of unresolved consumer concerns regarding the conduct of county DHS employees involved in Dependency and Neglect (Child Welfare) case. The panel is seeking one private citizen representative.

The CSU Extension Advisory Committee serves as advisors to the county director in the design, delivery, and support of the County Extension program.  Listens to the citizens and observes where Extension programs can help meet the needs of the people.  Serves as the liaison to the Board of County Commissioners and other elected officials. Reviews Extension educational programs and offers suggestions to assist the County Director in the selection and evaluation of staff, budget preparation, establishing priorities, evaluating programs, reporting, and conflict resolution Markets Extension programs to all people of the county. The committee is seeking four representatives, One representing Food &Nutrition (EFNEP), one representing Family & Consumer Science and two Community at Large

The function of the El Paso County Fair Advisory Board is unique in that volunteer members are intrinsically involved with the Fair and provide coordination and manpower to produce the event.   Voting members are politically appointed, and associate positions are available throughout the year. Officers of the Board consult with the Fair Manager who is the county staff liaison.  Members of the Board are in charge of working committees. The board is seeking one regular member and 5 Associate members.

The duties of the Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission are: to develop and tri-annually review an action plan for the integrated management of state-mandated weeds; to designate additional weeds that are or have the potential for becoming problematic in this county; and recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that identified individual landowners be required to submit their management strategies to control targeted plants to the El Paso County Undesirable Plant Management Office.  Their strategies must utilize the most as environmentally safe methods that are available while still being effective. The commission is seeking a representative from District 2.

The Groundwater Quality Study Committee seeks to evaluate existing water quality data on nitrates and other potential contaminants, fills data gaps, provides analysis of the data and explores land use and infrastructure planning implications.  Committee responsibilities include engagement in a collaborative study process which includes the following activities:  develop, refine and monitor a scope of work and budget; provide input on study process and deliverates; provide data for the study; help identify data gaps to be addressed by the study; review and make recommendations regarding consultant work products and deliver study recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The committee is seeking two representatives, one from a Special District and one Agricultural representative.

Made up of representatives of several mandated agencies (industry, the public and others), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) develops and reviews various chemical spill/accident contingency plans; collects, reviews and stores annual reports of chemical inventory from governmental and industrial entities who use or store chemicals; answers queries on chemicals used by companies in the county (excluding the City of Colorado Springs, which has its own LEPC). The 1986 federal law known as the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) mandates the LEPC.  The law is also commonly referred to as “SARA Title III,” in that it is part of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The committee has several current openings; one for Broadcast and Print Media, three Community Members, one Legal Advisor, one Local Environmental Industry, one Private Industry/Transportation, one Reporting Facilities – Fort Carson and one Transportation – KaNeb Pipeline.

The Major Thoroughfare Task Force was formed in part as a result of the establishment of an Intergovernmental Agreement among El Paso County and the cities of Colorado Springs and Fountain.  The task force acts as a recommending body to the three jurisdictions in regard to implementing the plans for location, design, access, engineering, construction and other related matters pertaining to the Powers Boulevard corridor and other major transportation corridors.  It makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. The task force is seeking three representatives.

The Placement Alternatives/Family Preservation Commission is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to assist the Department of Human Services in developing the Annual Core Services Plan to provide services for children in imminent risk of placement out of their homes. The Commission reviews the effectiveness of programs within its jurisdiction.  The Commission also evaluates requests to establish new residential children’s programs within the County and makes recommendations to the Department based upon their evaluation. The Commission also seeks to promote children’s issues identified by the Commission. The commission is seeking three new members, one from law enforcement and two consumers.

The El Paso County Planning Commission, formed in accordance with State law and County regulations, reviews planning petitions and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land use requests.  The functions and responsibilities of the Planning Commission include the preparation of a Master Plan and Zoning Plan for all or any part of the unincorporated areas of the County. The committee is seeking one member from District 4.

El Paso County jointed with Teller County to form the Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council in 1997 as mandated by the Statewide Trauma Care System Act.  The Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council was formed to provide recommendations to the Board of county commissioners concerning area trauma plans.  The Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council is comprised of 11 members:  a surgeon involved in trauma care, a licensed physician involved in providing emergency trauma or medical services, a licensed nurse, a facility administrator, a key resource facility representative of local government from each county, and a representative of the ambulance service under contract with the El Paso County Emergency Services Agency. The committee is seeking one member from an El Paso County local government.

The El Paso County Park Advisory Board is a nine-member board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to advise the BoCC and the El Paso County Parks Department on matters pertaining to the policy, planning, development, improvement, beautification, equipping and maintaining of the public parks, trails and open space areas.  The committee is seeking one member from District 5.

The El Paso County Citizen Budget Oversight Committee (CBOC) is an ad hoc committee established by the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) to review the overall financial condition of the County, review the program budgets, prioritize each of these programs, and to ensure the County maintains compliance with federal and state mandates, accomplishes the goals outlined in the County Strategic Plan, and provides program funding recommendations in an executive summary to the BoCC.  The committee is seeking one member from District 1.

The El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) Advisory Commission reviews and provides formal recommendations regarding the Department of Human Services’ program operations and program budgets.  The DHS Advisory Commission assists in enhancing community partnerships, establishing human services priorities in the county, and monitors the coordination and implementation of the Department of Human Services’ initiatives and mandated services.  The commission is seeking three new members, one from District 4, one from District 5 and one member from the Community-At-Large.

The El Paso County Juvenile Community Review Board reviews case files of juveniles and makes decisions regarding residential community placement.  The Juvenile Community Review Board consists of eleven (11) members, nine (9) members who are nominated for indefinite terms and two (2) community-at-large members who are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three-year terms. The committee is seeking one member from the Community-At-Large.

The purpose of the Pioneer Village Roads Public Improvement District (PID) Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the public improvements to be funded each year, the awarding of contracts, and the need to seek an increase of the maximum mill levy for the PID.  The committee is seeking one representative who lives in the district.

The volunteer application is located at www.elpasoco.com and can be accessed by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” link.  Applicants are asked to reference the board and position they wish to represent and include a mailing address and daytime phone number.  Send completed applications and letter of interest and/or résumés to:


Board of County Commissioners
Attn:  Jessica McMullen, El Paso County Executive Administrative Assistant
200 S. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO  80903-2208

Applications may also be faxed to 719-520-6397 or emailed to webmaster@elpasoco.com.

For further information call 719-520-6555.

Board Position: Mountain Post Historical Association

Our mission is to build and support a landmark military history museum on Fort Carson.

We are looking for someone to design and head a social media marketing campaign. We would like to recruit someone to our board to be our Social Media/Marketing Chair. If someone is in the field of marketing or is looking to break into the field this would be a good resume booster.

For more Information e-mail John Gladney jjglad@gmail.com


CAPS Volunteer Fair



WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TIME: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: POC (Police Operations Center) | 705 S Nevada Avenue

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