The Board of Commissioners appreciates your interest in Guilford County government.  Members of County boards and commissions are relied upon to provide valuable insight into the needs of our community.  The Commissioners believe that these boards and commissions are best served when there is a broad representation of citizens reflecting a diverse array of racial, ethnic and age groups; districts; and gender.  Please review the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist in your decision to serve on a County board or commission…

What are local boards and commissions?

Boards and commissions are advisory or regulatory groups that work with the County Board of Commissioners to study and interpret the needs of local citizens, and develop community support, when required.  Regulatory groups have authority, such as, the power to make rulings and impose penalties in accordance with various sections of the Ordinance Code.  Advisory groups provide guidance and policy recommendations to the program or agency with which they are affiliated.

In addition to standing boards and commissions, the Board of Commissioners may appoint temporary committees to address specific issues that have been identified as time-sensitive and of immediate concern to the Commissioners and citizens.

Why should I serve?

Serving on a board or commission provides you with a significant and meaningful opportunity to participate in local government.

What are the qualifications?

Any citizen of Guilford County is eligible to serve on appointed boards, commissions, committees or authorities (unless the appointment is otherwise prohibited by state statute). Certain boards and commission positions require a specific set of skills and/or training, as specified by local and/or state regulations.  In these cases, the Board of Commissioners must appoint persons who meet these guidelines.

What is the appointment process?

All appointments are made according to the statute, ordinance or resolution that created the board or commission.  Unless otherwise stated within regulatory guidelines, terms of office are determined by the Board of Commissioners.  Citizens normally serve no more than TWO (2) consecutive full terms, unless regulatory guidelines require an extended appointment, or the requirement is waived by the Board of Commissioners due to extenuating circumstances.  Reappointment is not guaranteed and subject to local or state statute, and/or Board of Commissioners’ policy.  Please click on the link below to review the Commissioners’ revised policy and procedures for appointments to County boards and commissions.

Resolution for Establishment of Policy and Procedures for Appointments to County Boards and Commissions

If you are interested in completing an application for a Guilford County board or commission, please click on the “Apply for Boards & Commissions” button in the right-hand sidebar, which will direct you to our Boards & Commissions site and online application.  Follow the instructions to submit your application.  If you would like further information about any of the boards and commissions listed on our site, please contact Scott Baillargeon, Deputy Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners via email at sbaillarge@myguilford.com or by phone at (336) 641-7428.

VIEW OUR INTRODUCTORY GUIDE ON GUILFORD COUNTY CITIZENS’ ADVISORY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS!