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 bimonthly meetings, which occur on Tuesday evenings at rotating locations around Multnomah County. CIC members are also expected to participate in an annual retreat, which takes place on a Saturday in July, and serve on at least one subcommittee per term.

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

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 for 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 at community.involvement@multco.us or 503.988.3450.