Citizen Boards and Commissions

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Looking for a volunteer opportunity that also directly serves your community? Serve on one of our many citizen boards or commissions. If you would like to apply in advance of any board vacancy, we are always accepting applications. Contact Erica Hannah at [email protected], for more information.

Those who serve as volunteers on these boards or commissions provide input to the County’s decision-making process in many areas of subject expertise. The County and its citizens, in turn, benefit from your service. Information regarding each of our boards and commissions can be found below.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application by clicking the button below. It will be submitted to staff for review. If you are interested in a board or commission that is currently full please contact Erica Hannah at [email protected].

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The Adams County Board of Health will be the governing body of the Adams County Health Department (ACHD), whose mission is to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, work, and play. The board will promote policies to improve public health, hire and supervise the ACHD’s Executive Director, approve the agency’s budget, and provide oversight of agency operations. 

The Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority accepts applications, conducts investigations, and grants; renews, suspends, and revokes liquor licenses. The Authority regulates the liquor licensing process for beer, malt, vinous, and spirituous and the marijuana licensing process for marijuana within the unincorporated areas of Adams County.

The Adams County Visual Arts Commission acts as an advisory board and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on public art, and cultural, historical and scientific events and activities in Adams County. The VAC is a Tier III SCFD organization.

The Board of Adjustment is a statutorily created independent board that hears requests for variances from the Adams County Development Standards and appeals of administrative zoning decisions. Decisions of the Board of Adjustment are subject to judicial review by the Adams County District Court. Contact Erica Hannah, 720.523.6100, or click here for more information.

The function of the five-member Board of Fire Code Appeals is to interpret the provisions of the International Fire Code in instances where it is alleged that the code has been incorrectly interpreted, provisions of the code do not fully apply, or an equivalent method of protection or safety is proposed. Members must be qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to hazards of fire, explosion, hazardous conditions, or fire protection systems.

The function of the five-member Building Code Board of Appeals is to interpret the County’s building codes in instances where it is alleged that the true intent of the code has been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of the code do not fully apply, or the requirements of the code are adequately satisfied by other means. The Board has no authority to waive the provisions of the code. Members must be qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to building construction and property maintenance.

The Citizen Review Panel provides a conflict resolution process to address formal complaints by any person who is the subject of an investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect. This process provides a forum for grievances concerning the conduct of county personnel in performing their statutory duties under the Children’s Code that cannot be resolved between the client and the Human Services Department.

The Community Corrections Board is statutorily authorized to oversee community correctional facilities and programs in Adams County.

This committee reviews Community Enrichment Grant applications each year and provides a recommendation to the Adams County Board of Commissioners on the applications to fund.

The Community Services Block Grant Advisory Council represents low-income, private and public sectors in the use of Community Services Block Grant funds. The board makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners regarding grant awards. The nine-member board consists of three low-income sector representatives, three private sector representatives, and three public sector representatives.

The Adams County Cultural Council was established by a resolution of the Board of County Commissioners and is responsible for preparing and submitting an annual plan to the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for funding disbursement to Tier III organizations serving Adams County residents. The Adams County Cultural Council consists of nine members serving three-year terms.

Adams County and the City of Brighton adopted a joint District Plan in March of 2016 to realize the community’s vision for farmland preservation, local food production, and agritourism in the area south of Brighton. This plan calls for the creation of a joint City and County citizen commission to advise the implementation of the Plan and to act as ambassadors for the Plan. Further information about the Historic Splendid Valley can be found here at brightonco.gov/splendidvalley.

The E-911 Emergency Telephone Service Authority is an entity, established by intergovernmental agreement, to oversee the collection of revenues and expenditures associated with providing emergency telephone services.

The Fair Advisory Board was created by resolution of the Adams County Board of Commissioners on December 18, 2006, to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of planning the Adams County Fair under the supervision and direction of the Adams County Parks Department.

The Family Preservation Commission is a legislatively mandated commission to prepare a plan for the provision or purchase of services for children who are subject to out-of-home placement. The commission serves as a local oversight entity and ensures adequate implementation of the Family Preservation Program.

Each Head Start attendance center shall have a Parent Committee that shall be comprised of all parents who have children enrolled in the Head Start program at that Center. In attendance centers with two or more program options, the Parent Committee shall be comprised of all parents of the center unless the parents vote to have a separate Parent Committees to represent each program option at the attendance center. Each program option at each attendance center shall elect by majority vote one (1) parent to serve as the member of the Policy Council and one (1) parent to serve as Policy Council alternate.

The Rangeview Library District is governed is responsible for the library district's finances and formulation of policies. Trustees serve a five-year term. The library board meets regularly once per month. .

Title III of the Federal "Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986" (SARA Title III) calls for the establishment of a state emergency response commission and local emergency planning committee (LEPC). The LEPC administers the program related to the development of emergency response plans, systems and facility reporting, and notification regarding the listing or release of specified hazardous substances.

County housing authorities are authorized by statute to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income workers and their families.

The Metropolitan Football Stadium District was created for the purpose of planning, acquiring land, and constructing a professional football stadium. The District was authorized to levy and collect a sales tax of one-tenth of one percent throughout the District Jan. 1, 2001 through Jan. 1, 2012. The sales tax assists the District in financing the acquisition of land, construction of the stadium, and payments of debt service.

Adams County fills two seats on the North Central Regional Hazards Board (NCR) which is comprised of representatives from each of the 10 counties surrounding Denver. Individuals wishing to serve on this Board on behalf of Adams County must be from one of the following disciplines: Law Enforcement, EMS-Fire Based, EMS-Non-Fire Based, Fire, Public Health, Government Administration, Health Care, Hazardous Materials, Public Safety Communications, Public Works and working in this capacity within Adams County. NCR Board members are expected to provide representation for all of the responder agencies and organizations within the county by coordinating and communicating NCR Board information to the recognized NCR disciplines.

The Open Space Advisory Board supports Adams County’s Open Space Sales Tax program. A portion of the proceeds from the Open Space Sales Tax are distributed through a competitive grant process. Open Space Advisory Board members review grant applications related to open space, parks, and trail improvements and make funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Planning Commission is a statutorily authorized board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, that prepares and adopts a county master plan in accordance with C.R.S. § 30-28-106. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations concerning development applications within the county.

The function of the Regional Emergency Medical & Trauma Advisory Council is to develop, implement and monitor a regional emergency medical trauma case system in accordance with the Colorado Trauma Case System Act, C.R.S. § 25-3.5-7.01, et seq. Other participating counties include Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and the City & County of Denver.

The Adams County Board of Retirement is responsible for the management of the Retirement Plan, interpreting the Retirement Plan’s provisions, and adopting any change to the Retirement Plan.

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors reviews and oversees the distribution of SCFD funds to eligible cultural organizations. The SCFD Board of Directors is comprised of eleven members. Board members are chosen by county commissioners in each participating county (in Denver and Broomfield, each respective City Council selects the board member). In addition, four members are appointed by the governor. SCFD board members represent different segments of society, including business, education, government, and foundation management. The board reviews and oversees the distribution of SCFD funds.

The Tri-County Health Department Board is a statutorily authorized district health board serving Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. The board is responsible for adopting policies for administering and enforcing district public health laws, orders and rules, as well as the orders, rules and regulations of the state. The board also accepts and administers public health funds.

The Veterans Advisory Council has been established by the Board of County Commissioners to gather veterans from within the county to address and work cooperatively with other county boards, councils, and staff with regard to policies, programs, and concerns relating to veterans’ interest and to develop new working relationships with all other agencies serving veterans within the county.