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County Board Appointments

Area boards, councils and committees partially funded and/or organized by the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas.

  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 5-member Board, County appoints all 5 positions
  • Description: Hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the zoning and code process, and review and decide special use exceptions to the provisions of the Zoning Regulations.
  • Term: 4 years
  • Positions: 5-member Board, County appoints all 5 positions.
  • Description: Makes recommendations concerning the adoption of building codes and standards and hears appeals regarding administrative interpretations of the Code. Each board member is a licensed professional engineer or architect, building contractor, or a building superintendent of building construction.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: No fewer than 10 members, no more than 20 members. Half of the members are appointed by the City Commission, and half by the County Commission.
  • Description: The purpose of this board is to determine the needs of citizens over 60 years of age and to develop a comprehensive plan of services. In developing this plan, the Council examines aging programs of local, state and federal governments.
  • Term: 2 years
  • Positions: 12-member board with 3 seats appointed by the County Commission.
  • Description: The purpose of the advisory board shall be to ensure that the overall goals and objectives of community corrections and youth services departments are effectively administered by reviewing the development and implementation of current and new programs.
  • Websites: Community Corrections and Youth Services
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 13-member board with 7 seats appointed by the County Commission.
  • Description: The purpose of the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, Inc. (SRC), as defined in the mission statement, is to provide resources, services, opportunities, and advocacy that enhance the quality of the second half of life. As the clearinghouse for senior resources, SRC is the county’s central hub of information for seniors, their families, and professionals. SRC itself also provides many services: Senior Meals (home delivery), Senior Wheels (transportation), Medicare counseling and enrollment, caregiver support, emergency financial assistance, classes, clubs, social events, tax assistance, legal aid, and much more.
  • Website: http://www.yoursrc.org/ (external link)
  • Term: 1 year term with reappointment opportunities for a total of 6 terms
  • Positions: 9 appointed by the County Commission; One position representing each of the 9 townships
  • Description: Manages and controls the business of the fair association and its property, subject to approval by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Website: Douglas County Fair (external link)
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 3 positions appointed by the Douglas County Commission
  • Description: The Board advocates on aging issues, building community partnerships and implements programs within Shawnee, Jefferson and Douglas counties to help seniors live independent and dignified lives. The Board of Directors set the policy of the agency.
  • Website: Jayhawk Area Agency (JAAA) on Aging (external link)
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 3 positions appointed by the Douglas County Commission
  • Description: The Advisory Council acts as the grass-roots liaison between the community, the board of directors and the executive director.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 7-member board.
  • Description: The Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Board acts as the governing body for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. The purpose and function of the Health Department is to provide a public health program to protect and promote the health of local residents.
  • Website: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (external link)
  • Term: 4 years
  • Positions: 13-member board. 3 positions appointed by County; 3 positions appointed by the Lawrence City Commission, and 1 appointed jointly with the City of Lawrence.
  • Description: This Board advises and directs the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.  This entails working with the Chief executive officer and staff on the direction of policy matters.
  • Website: Bert Nash Community Health Center (external link)
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 10-member board; 5 positions appointed by the County.
  • Description: The Commission’s primary function is the preparation, adoption, and maintenance of long-term comprehensive land use plans to guide the future development of Lawrence and Douglas County. Another function of the Planning Commission is to study the appropriate zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations and to make recommendations to the City Commission and Board of County Commissioners concerning amendments both to the text and districts. Kansas planning laws also authorize the Planning Commission to recommend development plans for public facilities, capital improvements, urban renewal, environmental sanitation, and area beautification. The Planning Commission also acts as the City’s Metropolitan Planning Organization which allows the City to apply for transportation program monies.
  • Website: Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission (external link)
  • Term: 4 years
  • Positions: 3 positions; each County Commissioner appoints a position
  • Description: Judicial nominating Commissioners are made up of lawyers and non-lawyers who live in the district. Lawyer members of the nominating commission are elected by fellow attorneys, non-lawyer members are appointed by the County Commission. When there is a vacancy in a district magistrate judgeship, the district judicial nominating commission selects a slate of three nominees from which the Governor appoints one person to fill the vacancy.
  • Term: 4 years
  • Positions: 5-member board; 2 positions appointed by the County Commission.
  • Description: The Lawrence Housing Authority is authorized to plan, develop, construct, maintain, and operate low-income housing for the City of Lawrence. It operates public housing and Section 8 assistance for low income, elderly, and disabled families and individuals under formal agreement with the City of Lawrence. The LDGHA Board of Commissioners is the policy making body for the public housing agency responsible for establishment and approval of major programs, policies, contracts, and budgets.
  • Website: Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority (external link)
  • Term: 1 year
  • Positions: 1 position by the County Commission (Commissioner or designee); other positions appointed by the Emergency Management Board, and other entities.
  • Description: Established by a Joint City-County Emergency Management Resolution, this board serves as an advisory board to the Douglas County Commission, the cities of Baldwin, Eudora, Lawrence and Lecompton in Douglas County, and the Director of Emergency Management to cooperate with any federal and state agencies for the purpose of effectuating emergency management.
  • Website: Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 8 members, 1 position filled by a County Commissioner
  • Description: City Ordinance 838 adopted on March 24, 2009 describes the Public Incentives Review Committee (PIRC). This eight member committee is composed of elected and appointed officials that meet as needed, on the call of the mayor of Lawrence, to review economic development incentive requests and make recommendations to the City Commissioners. The Committee is authorized to issue administrative letters of finding which shall not be binding on the City Commission, and may be superseded by any action by the City Commission.
  • Term: At the pleasure of the County Commission
  • Positions: One County Commissioner appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: Board established to recruit and support Biotech companies to Douglas County
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 9-member Board;   4 appointed by the City of Lawrence, 2 appointed by the County, 1 appointed by City of Baldwin City, 1 appointed by City of Eudora, and 1 appointed by the City of Lecompton.
  • Description: The Bicycle Advisory Committee provides a communication linkage between the City Commission, the County Commission and the community on bicycling related issues. The Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education or motorists and non-motorists; review, update and oversee the distribution of the City’s bike map; seek information from multiple sources on current trends, programs and facilities outside the local area; and promotes bicycle awareness by coordinating activities with the City, County and school district, universities, and the local bicycle clubs.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: Twenty positions appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: Serves as a forum for discussion and coordination for community-wide efforts to improve the Douglas County community’s access to local food supply and distribution networks.
  • Website: Douglas County Food Policy Council
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 3 positions appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: The purpose of the board is to determine restitution (up to $500 for a felony or $250 for a misdemeanor) to victims of property crimes when the victim experiences a hardship to carry on normal routines.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 7 positions appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: The purpose of the Heritage Conservation Council is to make recommendations to the Douglas County Commission on how to best establish a framework to conserve our natural & cultural heritage for future generations and to enhance economic benefits of tourism, local agriculture, and other endeavors based on such conservation efforts.
  • Website: Heritage Conservation Council (HCC) (external link)
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 12 positions with one County Commissioner and 2 other Douglas County residents appointed by the County Commission.
  • Description: The purpose of the Joint Economic Development Council (JEDC) is to provide general oversight and vision of the economic development efforts to attract and to retain jobs in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. The duties of the JEDC shall include the approval of budget requests to the Chamber Board, the City Commission, and the County Commission. The JEDC shall also recommend economic development policies and initiatives to the Chamber Board, the City Commission, and the County Commission, as the JEDC determines appropriate.
  • Term: Until the Committee is disbanded
  • Positions: A joint board serving the City of Lawrence and Douglas County with 4 positions appointed by the County Commissioners.
  • Description: “The Steering Committee shall be charged with overseeing and guiding the process, as generally described in the Phasing outline below, including public education and issue identification, prioritization of issues to submit to the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Governing Bodies of the City and County for review, and for reviewing the draft and final plan product. The Steering Committee shall remain intact until the plan update is completed and shall work to complete their charge by April 1, 2015. In the event that a member of the Steering Committee is unable or unwilling to complete his or her appointment, the original appointing authority shall appoint his or her replacement as soon as practicable” City Resolution No. 7045/County Resolution No. 13-28, §3.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 5 positions appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: This board serves as the governing board for the Fire District No. 1 fire department  that serves the residents of Lecompton township including the residents of the City of Lecompton.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 5 positions appointed by the County Commission
  • Description: The purpose of the Fire District No. 2 Board is to provide financial oversight and policy direction for the Fire Department that serves the residents of Palmyra Township, beginning in January of 2015.
  • Term: 3 years
  • Positions: 5 positions appointed by the County Commissioners.
  • Description: The purpose of the Fire District No. 3 Board is to provide financial oversight and policy direct for the Fire Department that serves the residents of Willow Springs Township, beginning in January of 2015.
  • Term: 2 years
  • Positions: 15 positions with each County Commissioner appointing one position.
  • Description: The purpose of the Council is to provide a working forum to support communications and collaborative coordination between and among key criminal justice system officials, advisory bodies, agencies, departments and community leaders to promote public health, public safety and an effective, fair and efficient criminal justice system in our community.
  • Website: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)