What does the CIC do?
The CIC serves as Multnomah County’s advisory body on community engagement and involvement. CIC members engage in an ongoing review of the County's community involvement policies and programs, bring community concerns to County leadership, and assist in facilitating communication between the County and the community.

Together, the committee makes recommendations directly to the Office of Community Involvement, county departments and the Board of County Commissioners about opportunities for community engagement and removing barriers to civic participation.

What is the time commitment to be a CIC member?
Members are expected to commit 3-5 hours per month to the CIC attending meetings and reviewing materials.

How long is a term on the CIC?
Members are appointed for three year terms, and can serve up to two consecutive terms, for a total of six years.

What would be expected of me as a CIC member?
CIC members are expected to attend CIC meetings, functions, and events. This includes the CIC’s meetings that are held on Tuesday evenings, every other month. Currently all CIC meetings are being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once in person meetings resume, meetings will be held at rotating locations around Multnomah County. CIC members are also expected to participate in an annual retreat, which will takes place each September, and serve on at least one subcommittee per 3 year term.

CIC members are County public officials, and are expected to comply with the County’s personnel policies and State ethics laws.

Do members receive a stipend for participation on the CIC?
The Office of Community Involvement is able to offer CIC members a $35 stipend for each committee and subcommittee meeting attended. This stipend amount is to help members offset the costs of meeting participation (such as transportation, food, childcare, technology, etc) and will be distributed via direct deposit or gift card.

Is virtual participation on the CIC an option?
Yes, all meetings are currently held virtually and members will continue to have the option for remote participation once in person meetings resume. If you are interested in applying for the CIC but do not have reliable access to a computer, tablet, device or wifi, please contact the Office of Community Involvement.

Who is eligible to apply?
County employees are not eligible to serve on the CIC. Otherwise, anyone interested in serving on the CIC who can fulfill the expectations of membership is welcome to apply.

Do I need to be a Multnomah County resident?
No. We welcome applications from individuals who live or work in Multnomah County, or who have a demonstrated interest in the County’s work.

What do you look for in applicants?
We look for applicants who have personal, professional and/or lived experience with communities typically underrepresented in decision-making; who bring a commitment to shared leadership, consensus-building, and working across difference; and who have a sincere interest in public service and community involvement.

Who would enjoy the work?
People who are interested in building relationships with Commissioners and county staff, engaging with County processes, services, and leadership, who are passionate about connecting to their communities, and excited about influencing decisions that will impact Multnomah County. The CIC is always seeking to diversify its membership to reflect the communities impacted by County decisions.

How does the CIC make its recommendations?
The CIC approves its key recommendations on an annual basis each May, and briefs the Board of County Commissioners on its recommendations. The CIC also provides input and feedback throughout the year to the Office of Community Involvement and county departments.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Office of Community Involvement.

How do I apply for the CIC?

The deadline to submit an application to join the CIC has now passed.

CIC vacancies are assessed and applications are accepted on an annual basis. You can sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter to stay connected with the Office of Community Involvement and to receive news on other opportunities to get involved with Multnomah County!