These are the current openings on the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees:
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION: Two openings for terms expiring June 30, 2016. The major responsibility of the Historic Preservation Commission is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the city's historic resources.
This Commission is also responsible for making determinations concerning the eligibility of historic properties for special valuation and to approve or deny applications for special valuation. Commission members are required to have a demonstrated interest and competence in historic preservation, possess qualities of impartiality and broad judgment. No more than two members may live outside of the City limits but within the Urban Growth Area. Special emphasis will be placed on applicants who have experience in identifying, evaluating, and protecting historic resources from among the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, prehistoric and historic archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curation, conservation, and landscape architecture, or related disciplines. This commission meets the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
LEOFF 1 DISABILITY BOARD: One opening for a two year term. The LEOFF 1 Disability Board is responsible for making determinations on the provision of medical services to certain eligible police and fire retirees of the City. This citizen at large position will be appointed by the four current members on the Board (two City Council Members, one Fire representative, one Police representative). The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
PARKS, RECREATION & URBAN FORESTRY ADVISORY BOARD: One opening for a terms expiring December 31, 2015. The parks, recreation, and urban forestry advisory board make recommendations to the city council and the parks and recreation director on matters relative to (a) the development, operation and use of the parks and recreation facilities of the city, and (b) the planning, designing and implementation of city park facilities and recreational services; and to obtain and review information, and advise and make recommendations to the city council and the municipal arborist, on matters relative to: the promotion of various programs related to trees, public and private, in the city; the general health and welfare of the city's urban forest; and the development of arboricultural standards and specifications for approval by the municipal arborist. City residency is required. This board meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE: Two openings for terms expiring June 30, 2016. The purpose of this committee is to conduct scenario planning to prepare for social, economic, and environmental changes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This committee will provide advice to the City Council on the development and integration of sustainability parameters to be used in the implementation of the goals, objectives, and policies of the Walla Walla Comprehensive Plan. City residency is required. This committee meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Library. There are always opportunities for volunteers to help us at the WWPL. We need instructors in our media lab, volunteers in our Young People’s Department and the collective efforts of those who join the Friends of the WWPL.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Young People’s Department, please call Liz George, Young People’s Librarian, at or email her at .
If you are interested in exploring opportunities to teach in our media lab, please call Beth Hudson, Library Director, at or email her at .
The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes volunteers. Contact our office for more details and to set up a schedule. Listed below are examples of current projects, but please suggest others if you have a special interest, skill or need.
The Police Department is committed to a partnership with volunteers and integrating them as an important part of our organization. Annually, the Police Department provides 12 hours of specialized volunteer training. If you are interested in any of the positions below, please call .
Requirements to be a volunteer:
Our Current Crime Prevention Programs and Volunteer needs are as follows:
BLOCK WATCH: Contact victims of crimes, and inform them of the various services available through the Walla Walla Police Department; invite them to become actively involved in the Block Watch Program.
BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS: Organize and represent your neighbors in an organized Block Watch Program.
CLERICAL ASSISTANCE: Put your office skills to work for the betterment of your community. We have continuing needs for general office and clerical support. This may include answering the phone, greeting the public, typing, filing, assisting with informational mailers, and computer data entry.
Laserfiche: This volunteer position is supervised by the Records Unit to scan old police documents into the current records system.
MCGRUFF THE CRIME DOG: Help us take a bite out of crime by wearing the McGruff costume at a variety of crime prevention functions.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Compose a local weekly Crime Watch Bulletin with information involving McGruff House, Block Watch, Business Watch, and Crime Prevention Tips and Concerns.
RADAR READER BOARD: Deliver, set up, and take down the Radar Reader Board at a variety of locations in our area, to assist with our Traffic Safety Program. This volunteer service requires a volunteer time commitment of one week per month for a short period of time each morning and evening.