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King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members

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King County residents interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil-rights issues are invited to apply for one of four open 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 advises the County Executive and County Council on matters related to the county's civil-rights programs and other civil-rights issues. This includes reviewing and reporting on the effectiveness and progress of the county's affirmative action program, non-discrimination enforcement and minority/women business utilization programs. In addition, the commission works to educate and engage the community about the county's Equity and Social Justice programs.

The Civil Rights Commission is soliciting applications from individuals in several county council districts. Redmond residents from Council District 3, represented by Council member Kathy Lambert, can apply.

Commission members must live in King County. If confirmed by the County Council, 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 from 3-5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and participating in committee work, which can require additional meetings. Current commission projects include affirmative action/equal employment opportunities, county contracting, equity and social justice, community engagement and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.

For more information on the Civil Rights Commission and its activities, visitwww.kingcounty.gov/exec/CivilRightsCommission.aspx or contact commission administrator Paula Harris-White at (206) 263-2444 or paula.harris-white@kingcounty.gov.

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