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Dakota County Seeking Citizen Advisory Committee Members

Dakota County is seeking applications from those wishing to serve on a citizen advisory committee. The Dakota County Board relies on several citizen advisory committees that provide information and input to the Board. Applications are accepted until all openings are filled. Information about the application process and the specific committees is available here and in this press release. To apply, fill out the application in PDF format or Word format then email it to

Extension Committee: assists in approving programs, establishing the budget and evaluating staff to enhance University of Minnesota Extension programs. The committee meets four times a year in Farmington.

Library Advisory Committee: reviews and makes decisions on disputed material, advises the Library director in the development of public programming for library services, develops recommended annual work plans, reviews and makes recommendations on long-range plans, and accepts gifts of up to $500 for public library purposes. The committee meets bimonthly at various library locations.

Personnel Board of Appeals: provides the County Board with impartial analysis concerning appeals filed by employees or job applicants. Board members must have 10 or more years of managerial experience or comparable qualifications. Board members may not have a contractual, commercial or professional relationship with Dakota County. The board meets for full-day or half-day hearings as needed in Hastings.

Planning Commission: reviews plans and proposals and makes policy recommendations to the County Board in the following areas: transportation, transit, parks, trails and greenways, land conservation, water resources and environmental management. The Planning Commission may review capital projects or be asked by the County Board to address emerging issues that impact the physical or natural infrastructure of Dakota County. The committee meets monthly or as necessary in Apple Valley.

Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee: recommends art projects for county buildings to the County Board. The committee meets monthly in Apple Valley.

Special Board of Appeal and Equalization: hears appeals from property owners regarding property valuation or classification of properties. One member must be a real estate appraiser or be familiar with county property valuation. The board meets in Apple Valley annually in June.

Zoning Board of Adjustment: evaluates and makes decisions on variance requests and appeals pertaining to the shoreland and floodplain management regulations in township areas; its decisions are the final administrative decision by the County. The Board meets as needed in Apple Valley.

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