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?
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?
- Katie Wilson: reporter with The Daily Astorian
- Dirk Rohne: Chairman of Clatsop County Commission
- Russ Dondero: Retired Political Science Professor at Pacific University
- Artemio Paz: Member of State Board of Education
- Peter Hayes: Member of State Board of Forestry