Women Maui boards commissions

Maui County’s Boards and Commissions assist and advise departments and special groups within the County of Maui. They are important in shaping how your community develops and functions.

For example, the Board of Ethics initiates, hears and investigates complaints of violations of the County Ethics Code by employees and officers of the county. The Cost of Government Commission helps the county promote economy, efficiency and improved service to the public by reviewing existing county operations and policies, while the Planning Committees, among other things, reviews the general plan and any revisions to it by the department of planning or county council and approves zoning changes and permits, such as B&Bs.

Out of the 29 current Maui County boards and commissions only 10 are represented by 50% or more female board members. Currently the Urban Design Review board has zero female representation. This tells us that many boards and commission decisions and recommendations are dominated by the male view point.

All participating board members are volunteer. The number of required attended meetings vary from board to board. Some only meet up twice a year, while others, like the planning commission meet up twice a month. Participation during these meetings, either as a member or in public testimony provides a greater say on how things are done within your community.

Mike Molina, current Executive Assistant to the Mayor who oversees the appointments of the Boards and Commissions, and now recently re-elected back onto the County Council states, “I appreciate the work of our board and commission members and look forward to their recommendations on many critical issues that come before the council. In many cases, their efforts make a powerful impact on financial decision making.”

The lack of female participation on our boards and commissions may be in part due to the lack of female applicants. We can change that!

If you are interested in serving on a Board or Commission, and help shape the community we live in, please find descriptions of the boards and application form online at https://www.mauicounty.gov/167/Boards-Commissions. You can also pick up application forms at the County building or your local library. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Mayor’s office on the 9th floor or mailed to the Mayor’s Office, 200 S. High Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Application deadline is December 31, 2018. For more information please call 270-7855. Good luck and thank you. We need our participation for our voices to be heard.

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