Multnomah County is committed to timely, equitable and inclusive civic participation in county government. Voters recognized this back in 1984, when they established the Office of Community Involvement (OCI) and directed the Board to create an advisory committee. The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) that evolved is one platform that creates opportunities for County staff and leadership to hear those voices.
Community Involvement Committee on hiatus during review, recommendation period
The County has changed a lot since the Office of Community was envisioned, growing much more diverse, and developing different community needs and priorities. Earlier this year, the Board of County Commissioners opened a path to update and improve our community involvement by reviewing the County code, its community engagement processes and best practices.
The goal is to rebuild the foundation of Multnomah County’s Community Involvement Committee in a way that puts our community values at the forefront. Toward that end, the Board directed the Office of Community Involvement to lead a review of the County Code sections 3.250-3.306 to recommend changes; design a process for gathering community input on the CIC‘s role and scope of work; review other jurisdictions and best practices; develop tools for an effective CIC (including an annual calendar, training, expectations and operational policies).
As part of this review, the Office of Community Involvement conducted a survey between September 5, 2018 and October 8, 2018 to collect community feedback on how individuals interact with Multnomah County, how community members provide their input on issues, and how the County can rebuild the CIC. View the survey results here.
The Office also conducted a series of five focus groups to gather feedback on the County's community involvement process and the role and scope of work of the CIC. Two consultants facilitated the focus groups, analyzed the findings, and developed recommendations for Multnomah County. .
On November 20th, the Office of Community Involvement briefed the Board on its community involvement review:
On November 29th, the Board of County Commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance to update County code on the Community Involvement Committee, the Office of Community Involvement and the County’s Budget Advisory Committees.
The second reading will be Thursday, December 13th during the regular board meeting at the Multnomah Building Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., in Portland.
Additional updates will be posted here throughout the process.
If you have any questions about the Community Involvement Committee, contact the Office of Community Involvement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.988.3450.