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Apply now to serve on citizen boards and councils
Apply now to serve on citizen boards and councils

Hillsborough County Commissioners are looking for residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must be registered voters in Hillsborough County.

The Boards and Councils that have openings are:

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM, GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE--newly created committee that will review grant applications submitted in response to two annual grant application periods for the County’s Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.  Committee will rank and prioritize the applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

There are nine positions.  Terms are for two years.  No member shall serve more than two successive terms.  At least three members must be residents of the cities of Temple Terrace, Tampa and Plant City, with the reminder of the members residing in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation; architecture; heritage tourism, destination marketing; marketing and economic development; landscape architecture; and interior design.  Meeting schedule: To be determined.

ELECTRICAL BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, APPEALS AND EXAMINERS--confirms the competency and integrity of applicants applying for electrical certification in the County, and takes disciplinary action against those contractors that fail to comply with the Electrical Code.

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for remainder of term which expires Dec. 31, 2013.  Position is specified as an electrical utility company representative.  Citizens appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  Meeting schedule:  Quarterly, third Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

CHILD CARE LICENSING HEARING OFFICER--conducts hearings and makes findings and recommendations in situations where an applicant for license or a current licensee requests a hearing because a license has been placed on probation, suspended, revoked, or an administrative fine has been imposed by a hearing officer, pursuant to the Hillsborough County Child Care Homes Licensing Ordinance 05-9 and the Hillsborough County Child Care Facilities Ordinance 03-25, as amended by Hillsborough County Ordinance 04-25.

One position is vacant due to resignation.  Position is for remainder of term which expires Sept. 30, 2014.  Hearing Officers must be members in good standing of the Florida Bar and may not be employees of the County Attorney’s Office.  Appointment as a Hearing Officer is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Meeting schedule: When requested.

CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD--has jurisdiction to hear violations of all codes and ordinances of Hillsborough County with most cases arising out of violations of the County’s housing, building, zoning and sign codes and ordinances to maintain minimum health and safety standards.

One position is vacant.  Term is for three years.  Position is specified as an alternate.  Citizens appointed to this Board must reside in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Citizens appointed to this Board will be required to file an annual financial disclosure.  After two consecutive terms, a member shall not be eligible for reappointment until one calendar year has elapsed from date of termination of the second term.  Meeting schedule:  Monthly, generally second or third Friday, 9 a.m.

These are voluntary positions, and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board, but may only serve on one board at a time.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 9, 2012. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April, 2012.

An application is available in the Commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at 813-272-5826; or on the County’s website by clicking here. The "Application Questionnaire For County Appointments" is in the middle of the page. The form can be filled out, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered or mailed.

If you apply to a Board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form, which also is available on the website. Forms must be signed and dated. Additional directions for submission are listed on the form.

For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.

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