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King County Civil Rights Commission seeks three new members

King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues are invited to apply for one of three positions on the King County Civil Rights Commission.

If selected and confirmed by the King County Council, commissioners serve three-year terms.

The Civil Rights Commission is soliciting applications from individuals in County Council District 1, District 2 and District 6, which includes Mercer Island.

The commission advises the county executive and County Council on matters related to the county’s civil rights programs, and human and civil rights issues. This includes reviewing and reporting on the effectiveness and progress of the county’s affirmative action, non-discrimination enforcement, and minority/women business utilization programs, as well as educating the community about preventing and eliminating discrimination. In addition, the commission works to educate the community about the county’s Equity and Social Justice Ordinance.

Commission members must live in King County. If confirmed, commissioners serve without pay. Residents from diverse ethnic and protected group backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. All commission members are bound by the King County Code of Ethics and are required to complete a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and by April 15 of each succeeding year of service.

Potential candidates should have interests and experience related to the goals of the commission, live in the appropriate County Council district, and be able to commit eight to 10 hours monthly to commission meetings and work projects.  This includes attending monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m., and participating in committee work, which can require additional meetings.

For information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/exec/CRC.aspx or call (206) 263-2444.

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