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Hennepin County seeks volunteers for advisory boards

Hennepin County officials are looking for volunteers to serve on seven advisory boards which consider issues ranging from mental health to libraries.

Applications are open until Dec. 31, with interviews in January.

The openings are for:

  • Adult Mental Health Advisory Council: This 32-member council advises the County Board on adult mental health issues within Hennepin County and monitors, studies and comments on mental health issues at federal, state and local levels. Members serve three-year terms and meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Hennepin County Library – Hosmer in Minneapolis. There are 22 vacancies.
  • Capital Budgeting Task Force: This 11-member task force reviews the county’s capital budget and submits recommendations to the County Board for both the annual capital budget and the five-year capital improvement program. Members serve four-year terms and meet approximately 12 times a year in the afternoon for about three hours at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. There are two vacancies.
  • Community Action Partnership for Suburban Hennepin Board: This 24-member board – a private nonprofit corporation – develops plans that encourage community action to reduce poverty and help low-income residents find employment and education, decent affordable housing, emergency assistance and other support services in suburban and rural Hennepin County. One-third of the members are elected public officials, one-third are elected low-income persons, and one-third are members of the private sector. Members serve one-year terms and meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in Hopkins. There are three vacancies.
  • County Extension Committee (Minnesota Extension Service): This nine-member committee is part of the Minnesota Extension Service – a joint partnership between Hennepin County and the University of Minnesota that provides practical information to the public on subjects relating to agriculture and home economics. The committee oversees the budget and work of the Extension Service. Members should have some familiarity with extension activities and interests and skills in education and youth development. Members serve three-year terms and meet six to eight times a year at 8 a.m. at the Hennepin County Extension conference room at the Hennepin County Eden Prairie Service Center. There are three vacancies.
  • Human Resources Board: This seven-member board establishes rules for the county’s classified workers and provides a compensation plan for nonorganized employees, subject to approval by the County Board. The board also hears appeals within its jurisdiction. Members must reside in Hennepin County and cannot hold public office or have filed as a candidate for office; be employed or have been employed by Hennepin County for one year; or hold a position in a political party, except as a political party delegate. Members serve four-year terms and meet at least monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, averaging 14 meetings a year, at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. There are two vacancies.
  • Library Board: This 11-member board meets monthly to review budgets and establish management and service policies governing the county’s library system. Members serve three-year terms and meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at various library locations. There are three vacancies.
  • Workforce Investment Board: This 37-member board develops and studies programs to provide jobs for unemployed persons in suburban Hennepin, Carver and Scott counties, by increasing the involvement of the business community in employment and training. The board also analyzes needs for employment and training services, makes recommendations about program plans and basic goals, evaluates employment and training programs, recommends strategies to increase private-sector employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged residents, and appoints and oversees a local Workforce Youth Council. Members serve two to three-year terms and meet quarterly, usually the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m., at various locations. There are 19 vacancies in various categories.

Applicants with questions can call Yolanda McCrary, at the County Board Clerk’s office: 612-348-3257.

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