NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are currently seeking volunteers to serve on a newly formed, 12-member Community Relations Advisory Committee. The committee will be jointly appointed by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners and the City Council, who will each appoint six members. The committee will be comprised of two members each from the civil rights, faith, business and education communities. The remaining four members will be at-large. In addition, the Wilmington Police Chief and New Hanover County Sheriff or their designees would serve as Ex-Officio non-voting members.
The committee is intended to aid in the understanding of issues in the community concerning race, national origin, creed or religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition and make recommendations to the two governing bodies. The creation of this committee will help open the dialogue on these very important issues that are so prevalent today – not just in Wilmington, but nationwide. The group expects to begin work in October 2016.
According to Wilmington City Councilmember Dr. Earl Sheridan, an advocate for the new citizen based sounding board, “the timing is perfect for those interested in participating in extensive dialogue and thoughtful ideas on improving race relations in our community to volunteer to offer their service in this capacity.”
New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Beth Dawson added that “bringing together stakeholders for a conversation is very timely and we look forward to thoughtful recommendations from the community and public safety experts.”
Applications can be obtained at the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Office, New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175, by calling 910-798-7149, or on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners website in the ‘boards and committees’ section. Applications are needed by September, 2016 for consideration by the Board at the September 19, 2016 meeting. Applicants must reside in New Hanover County.
In addition, interested citizens can apply through the City of Wilmington, either on the city’s website or in person at the City Clerk’s office located at 102 N. 3rd Street. The deadline to apply for a city-appointed spot is July 27, 2016.