Participate in our county government!
Bring Democratic ideals and values to the process by serving on a volunteer board or commission.
The first step is to submit an application form.
While there are many boards and committees they have vacancies at different times. You must be 18 years old to apply.
TOWNSHIP: The application form includes a place to list your township. If you do not know the township in which you reside, click here.
COMMISSIONER DISTRICTS: Some committees or boards require or prefer applicants to live or be appointed by a commissioner based on residing in a specific commissioner district. If so, click here to view the Board of Commissioner election districts that took effect in 2012.
APPLICATION FORM: You can apply online by completing this form: https://chathamnc.seamlessdocs.com/f/CommitteeForm
CURRENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE OPENINGS (2-1-2018)
Below are the number of the openings on the official County Advisory Committees that are totally under the purview of the Board of Commissioners. Note that openings can change quickly due to resignations or appointments so please contact Lindsay Ray at 919-542-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm any openings listed below.
- Board of Equalization and Review: 1 vacancy
- Climate Change Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
- Library Advisory Committee: 1 vacancy
- Community Advisory Committee for Nursing Homes: multiple vacancies
- Planning Board: 1 vacancy
- Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: 1 vacancy
For the latest information visit the Chatham County Government website.
Advisory Boards and Committees
- Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
- Agriculture Advisory Board
- Appearance Commission
- Board of Elections
- Board of Equalization and Review
- Board of Health
- Board of Social Services
- Climate Change Advisory Committee
- Council on Aging
- Economic Development Board
- Environmental Review Advisory Committee
- Grand Trees of Chatham
- Housing Authority
- Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
- Library Advisory Committee
- Adult Care Homes
- Planning Board
- Recreation Advisory Committee
- Tourism Advisory Committee
County Policy Boards: The County Board of Commissioners may or may not appoint the members of these boards, but the key distinction is that they can make some major policy decisions without approval of the Board of Commissioners. The major policy boards for the county are:
- County Board of Elections: The members are appointed by the major political parties in the county and the Elections Director is appointed by the State Board of Elections. This board makes major policy decisions related to elections, such as types of voting equipment used and voting site locations.
- Board of Health: The members of the County Board of Health are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, but state law gives this board the authority to determine health policies and to appoint the Health Director.
- Board of Social Services: Two members of this County Board of Social Services are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and two are appointed by a state board, while the fifth member is appointed by the four other members. State law gives this board the authority to determine social services policies and to appoint the Director of Social Services.
- Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Three members of this board are elected by the county’s voters for four-year terms and two are selected at the state level. The board is granted specific authority around soil and water conservation programs and plans.