Beaufort County looking to fill dozens of board vacancies

cconley@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2013 

Beaufort County officials are looking for a few dozen civic-minded residents willing to serve on local boards, committees and commissions.

Currently, there are at least 40 openings on 20 different oversight bodies, including Planning Commission, Rural and Critical Lands Board and others that have a significant impact on county life.

"I think the key is to try to get as many folks as we can from the community," said County Councilman Jerry Stewart, who was elected to council after serving a stint on the Solid Waste and Recycling board.

Most appointments to boards and committees occur in February, according to Sue Rainey, Beaufort County's clerk of council. Most appointments are approved by County Council. A small percentage are approved by the governor.

All board appointments are unpaid, although mileage reimbursement is paid to members of the Planning Commission and a handful of other panels.

Applications, basic guidelines and prerequisites for each body are available on the county's website.

Questions about the process can directed to

Here is a list of current vacancies:

Accommodations Tax (2% State)1
Alcohol and Drug Abuse1
Construction and Adjustments and Appeals1
Disabilities and Special Needs1
Historic Preservation Review2
Northern Corridor Review3
Parks and Leisure Services1
Rural and Critical Lands2
Solid Waste and Recycling1
Southern Corridor Review1
Tax Equalization2
Zoning Appeals1
Beaufort Memorial Hospital2
Lowcountry Council of Governments1
Social Services5
Southern Beaufort County Median Beautification7

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