Volunteer Boards

Whiskey Myers performs in front of the Ferris wheel during opening night of the Teton County Fair in 2019. The Teton County Fair Board is one of five different boards looking for new volunteers.

People looking to get involved with the government without working for it or running for elected office can apply this month to five different volunteer boards.

The deadline is 9 a.m. May 19, after which interviews will be set up with elected officials who will ultimately appoint volunteers to the boards.

Appointments usually happen when interviews are completed. The Teton County Clerk’s office is aiming to schedule them for the week of June 1.

Seven board positions are currently open on three Teton County boards: the Historic Preservation Board, the Teton County Library Board and the Teton County Fair Board.

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners will interview and appoint people to those positions.

There are also six vacancies on two joint volunteer boards: the Energy Conservation Works Board and the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board.

Commissioners and the Town Council will interview and appoint volunteers for joint positions.

All 13 vacancies are for three-year terms. They opened after current members’ terms expired.

The boards’ roles and responsibilities differ.

The Fair Board, for example, is an advisory board, meaning recommendations it makes as its members help get the Teton County Fair off the ground every year are non-binding.

The Library Board, by contrast, is a governing board that manages the Teton County Library’s affairs and controls its purse strings.

People can learn more about the boards at TinyURL.com/volunteerboards2020, a link that also has instructions for submitting applications.

The Clerk’s office can answer questions at 732-8488 or clerkadmin@tetoncountywy.gov.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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