The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) is a group of 15 volunteers from throughout Multnomah County who are appointed by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. The committee advises the county on timely, equitable and inclusive civic participation in county policy, and facilitates communication between the public and county government.
Community Involvement Committee on hiatus during review, recommendation period
The Office of Community Involvement (OCI) was created to foster meaningful engagement between Multnomah County and the community so that the County could better deliver services, reflect our community’s values and meet people’s needs.
But the County has changed a lot since the office was envisioned in 1984, growing much more diverse, and developing different community needs and priorities.
In late June, the Board of County Commissioners opened a path to update and improve our community involvement. On June 28, the Board temporarily suspended the Community Involvement Committee (CIC) so the OCI can review the code, its community engagement processes and best practices. The Board also rescinded the appointments of all CIC members pending the review.
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).
The Board also directed the Office to make recommendations for CIC member appointments and an onboarding process by February 2019.
Updates will be posted here throughout the process. You can read the resolution here.
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.