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Volunteer Boards

The governor makes appointments to more than 200 voluntary boards. How much power and influence do the board members hold and why do they do it?

An example: members of the Clatsop County Planning Commission were unilaterally fired last month. Members of that board are speaking out as an attempt to save their volunteer jobs.

Perhaps surprisingly, much of state business is handled by volunteers. For example, the people who decide how to manage state forests and who receives liquor licenses are all staffed by volunteer bodies.

Have you ever joined — or considered joining — a voluntary board? What was the experience like for you? What are your concerns about volunteer boards across the state?


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OPB | April 19, 2011