If you are interested in improving public safety in Humboldt County, consider applying to serve on the Measure Z Citizens’ Advisory Committee. This committee makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on projects to be funded by the county’s Measure Z half-cent sales tax.
There are currently three open positions on this committee, one at-large vacancy and two alternate vacancies. The vacancies are at-large appointments, which means applicants may reside in any county district to be considered. The alternate vacancies are not regular voting positions, but alternate members of this committee do attend every meeting to discuss Measure Z. Alternate positions will vote as needed in order to determine the presence of a quorum, meaning that six members of the committee must be present to vote at a meeting.
Applications are available on the county website or in person the Clerk of the Board’s Office, located at 825 Fifth St., Room 111 in Eureka. Applications may be submitted via email or by mail.
This round of applications will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 13. It is anticipated that applications will be presented to the Board for consideration in late November or early December. Typically, this committee meets 6-7 times per year. Meetings are usually held on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber in the Humboldt County Courthouse. The successful applicants will serve 4-year terms and be appointed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors.
For more information, please call 707-445-7266 or email email@example.com.
About Measure Z
Measure Z is a half-cent sales tax applied to most local purchases and was first passed by voters in November 2014 and renewed in 2018. Since then, the Board of Supervisors has approved over $80 million in project funding based on recommendations made by the Measure Z Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Some of the public safety projects that have been funded by the Board of Supervisors include:
- Establishing the Humboldt County Roadway/Evacuation Route and Firebreak Wildfire Resiliency Project to improve brush and fire hazards along county roadways in addition to enhancing evacuation routes in the Shelter Cove area.
- Maintaining ambulance service for K’ima:w Medical Center and Southern Trinity Area Rescue (STAR) serving communities in the Hoopa and greater Willow Creek area in addition to maintaining ambulance service for communities along Highway 36.
- Expansion of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Mobile Intervention & Services Team (MIST), which provides mental health crisis intervention services in the field.
- Hiring more than 40 Sheriff’s Office personnel, including resident deputies and school resource officers.
- Maintaining the Adult Protective Services and District Attorney’s Offices’ Elder and Vulnerable Adult Services Team (EVAST) to collaboratively address cases of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.
To learn more, please visit the Measure Z page on the county’s website.
Members of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The committee is comprised of one appointment from each supervisorial district, representatives for the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Chiefs’ Association, two at-large appointments (from any county district), and two non-voting alternates. The current committee members are as follows:
- First District Representative: Glenn Ziemer
- Second District Representative: Tami Trent
- Third District Representative: Ginger Campbell – Chair
- Fourth District Representative: Nicholas Kohl
- Fifth District Representative: Darcy Miller
- At-Large: Vacant
- At-Large: Bob Bronkall
- Fire Chiefs’ Association Representative: Sean Robertson
- Sheriff’s Office Representative: Sheriff William Honsal
- Alternate: Vacant
- Alternate: Vacant
For more information on Measure Z, please visit humboldtgov.org/measurez.
Image provided by the K’ima:w Medical Center.