Notice of Vacancy (Mid-Term) on Board of Whatcom Conservation District
Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) seeks qualified individuals interested in serving out the remaining term of an “appointed” position on its Board of Supervisors. The Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) will fill the vacancy by appointment to a term expiring in May of 2020. All CD supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the WCD. Applicants for appointed position must be a Washington State registered voter, do not have to live within the district but may be required to own land or operate a farm. For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact WCD at (360) 526-2381 x 101 or visit the WSCC website at www.scc.wa.gov . Applications and supporting materials must be received by WSCC no later than April 27, 2018. Click here to go to the Appointed Position Application.
Whatcom Conservation District (District)
All in-person ballots and mail-in ballots that were received before Tuesday, March 13 were delivered to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office Election Division for counting on Wednesday, March 14 at 9:00 am.
Ballots received in the mail postmarked on March 13 were counted on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Unofficial Preliminary Results* (as of April 18, 2018).
Alan Chapman - 2,112 votes
Larry Helm - 2,081 votes
David M. Kroontje - 204 votes
write ins - 1
undervote - 1
Total (valid ballots) - 4,399
(Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.)
*All election results are unofficial until the election is certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission at their May meeting
Requests for mail-in ballots, candidate filing materials, or other election information and procedures can be made on-line, by phone (360-526-2381) or at the District office.
Please note: future election information will be posted ONLY on the Whatcom Conservation District website.
Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) Notice of Appointed Position Available
WCD is seeking candidates for a Board position appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. All CD supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the WCD. Applicants for appointed position must be a Washington State registered voter, but do not have to live within the district to apply and may be required to own land or operate a farm. For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact WCD at (360) 526-2381 or visit the Conservation Commission website at www.scc.wa.gov . Applications and supporting materials must be received by the Commission no later than March 31, 2018. Click here to go to the Appointed Position Application.
Do you want to become a District Supervisor or Associate?
Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Our current board is a diverse group of people who are interested in natural resource management, including a dairy producer, a small farmer, a retired forester, retired administrator and a retired educator. Click here to meet our current board members.
Conservation districts are a special district chartered under RCW 89.08 etseq to develop and implement programs to protect and conserve Soil, Water, Prime and Unique Farmland, Rangeland, Woodland, Wildlife, Energy, and other renewable resources on nonfederal lands. Districts also stabilize local economies and resolve conflicts in land use.
If you want to get involved or become an associate supervisor contact the district or attend the monthly board meetings. Our Board meets at 1:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month in our conference room.
Associate Supervisors Announcement:
The Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) is soliciting applications for Associate Supervisors to assist the WCD Board of Directors in ensuring that District programs effectively meet the priority natural resource needs of Whatcom County. Who is a good candidate to be an associate district supervisor? Someone who has an awareness of local conservation issues, interest in developing management strategies, and is willing to contribute their time.
Interested? Download the application form HERE
Supervisor Role & Responsibilities
- Identify local natural resource conservation needs and develop and evaluate programs to meet them.
- Educate and inform landowners, farm operators, the general public, and local, state and federal legislators on conservation issues and programs.
- Supervise other volunteers and paid staff working with the District and coordinate with other agencies that partner with the District.
- Administer the District by delegating tasks through a structure of board officers and committees. Budget district funds and report on activities to the public.
- Coordinate assistance and funding from Federal, State, and local government, District associations, and private groups.
- Set policy for staff to implement.
- A Supervisor’s term of office is three years. Supervisors are expected to attend 12 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, committee meetings, and other special meetings, for an average of 20 days/year.
- Satisfaction in seeing conservation practices applied locally
- Interaction with others who are passionate about natural resource conservation
- Ability to provide input to local, State, and Federal conservation programs
- Training through the Washington Conservation Commission and the Washington Association of District Employees.
For more information on what a Supervisors/Board Members responsibilities are click here.
If you have any questions regarding elections or serving on the Board, contact Dawn Bekenyi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-526-2381 x 101.