The Boone County Children's Services Board was established in 2013 as a result of the passage of a special sales tax levy in November, 2012. It is the responsibility and goal of the Boone County Commission to appoint members to the Board that are representative of our community, with diversity in age, race, gender, and experience. Individuals with experience in one of the following six areas are especially encouraged to apply; however, the County Commission recognizes that these areas are not exclusive:
- Mental Health (A person with experience with mental health advocacy or the provision of mental health services.)
- Healthcare Administration experience
- Administrative experience with governmental or social service agency
- A former eligible service recipient or a guardian of a former eligible service recipient ("Former eligible service recipient" refers to a child 19 years of age or younger who would have qualified for services because the child needed outpatient services relating to chemical dependency or psychiatric treatment; the need for counselling services; or the need for other professional services as a result of abuse, neglect, homelessness, runaway status, teen pregnancy or an emotional disturbance.)
- Legal experience (A person with experience representing juveniles impacted by a mental health, housing, abuse/neglect, or pregnancy-related crisis.)
- Accountant / Finance
The Boone County Children's Services Board consists of nine members, each serving a three-year term. Initial board terms were staggered such that three positions will be open to applicants each year. Any Board member desiring reappointment at the conclusion of their term will be required to submit a new application.
The Board, in partnership with the Boone County Commission, is charged with making Boone County a better and healthier community through the provision of services to protect the well-being and safety of children under the age of nineteen (19) and their families. The Board's goal is to maximize positive outcomes in a transparent, accountable fashion in recognition of the fact that the taxpayers of Boone County are an important stakeholder and beneficiary of this program. The Board's partnership with the Boone County Commission allows it to benefit from the ability to hire dedicated, professional staff with competitive salary and benefits packages into a professional environment with supports that include facilities maintenance, purchasing, human resources, legal, auditing, and other organizational supports and synergies that stem from being integrated into Boone County government as a County department. This partnership also allows the Boone County taxpayers to benefit from a coordination of social service spending at the County level in order to avoid duplication of effort, ensure efficient spending of public resources, and increase transparency. Finally, being part of County government allows the Children's Services sales tax proceeds to retain its character as "local tax dollars," allowing for the pursuit of matching federal dollars through various federal programs administered through the State Department of Mental Health, State Department of Social Services, and other federal matching programs.
Composition of the board of directors must meet the statutory requirements of the enabling legislation. Additionally, persons appointed to the board must comply with the provisions of the bylaws of the board and the conflict of interest policies promulgated by the County Commission and the Board. As appointees of a statutorily created Board with powers to direct the expenditure of public funds, board members have certain fiduciary duties, which require that they conduct themselves without conflict to the interest of the Children's Services Board or the Boone County taxpayer. Certain types of conflicts of interest are not prohibited, but disclosure is critical. Disclosure should not be construed as creating a presumption of impropriety or as automatically precluding someone from participation. Rather, it reflects the recognition of the many factors that can influence one's judgement and a desire to make as much information as possible available to other participants. Potentially conflicting interests may relate to programs and services or operations, such as contracts with third parties.
To apply for the Boone County Children's Services Board, please complete the following form or complete and print the PDF form available below. Be sure to sign and date the printed copy before submitting. Applicants should also submit their resume or curriculum vitae. Applications and resumes/C.V.s may be delivered to the Boone County Commission Office in person; sent by mail to 801 E. Walnut Street, Room 333; or emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org .