You don't have to run for the County Council to make an impact in local government.
Citizens serving on county boards and commissions help make decisions that impact life on Maui. They also become part of the key checks and balances of government.
Mayor Alan Arakawa recently announced that applications are now being accepted for County of Maui boards, councils, commissions and committees.
Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies and standards and making recommendations.
There are important positions for county citizens to fill, including seats on the Maui Planning Commission, Cultural Resources Commission, Board of Variances and Appeals, Board of Water Supply and many more.
Positions are appointed by the mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years.
While no monetary compensation is provided for serving on a board or commission, the public's participation helps provide an important government service.
Anyone interested in serving on a board or commission may apply online at www.mauicounty.gov/Boards.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.
Applications should be mailed to Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui, 200 South High St., Ninth Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793, or faxed to (808) 270-7870.
For more information, call the Office of the Mayor at (808) 270-7855 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/boards.