Earlier this year, we gave you the rundown on how to join a City of Asheville board or commission. But for civically engaged citizens looking to broaden their involvement, we’re telling you everything you need to know about joining a Buncombe County board or commission.
Whether you’re looking to work with the environment, oversee development, or offer help in health services, there’s an opportunity to make your voice heard.
First things first — you must be a Buncombe County resident to serve on any of the boards, commissions, or committees.
Keep in mind, certain boards are searching for applicants with specific qualifications. For example, the county is searching for someone who owns property or a business in the Regional Riverfront to serve on the Riverfront Redevelopment Commission. Any requirements necessary will be stated in the vacancy description.
Buncombe County boasts 48 boards and commissions, with 11 currently experiencing vacancies including The African American Heritage Commission, County Board of Adjustment, and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee, just to name a few. Find the full list of vacant positions.
How to apply
You can easily apply by filling out the online application. You can also print out the paper application and return the completed form to the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, located at 200 College Street, Ste. 316.
The selection process takes into account the applicant’s residency information, employment, experience + interest, and goals in the position.
Have more questions or want to go straight to the experts? Buncombe County is hosting an information session for interested applicants on Thursday, July 20 from 4-6 p.m. at Emma Elementary School.