Community Participation Organization (CPO) Program

Part of Washington County's mission is
to encourage meaningful participation
in community activities and County
governance. The CPO Program plays
a large role in an overall effort by the
County to fulfill this mission.

For over 40 years, the program has
provided residents the opportunity to
contribute to the decision-making process
of local and county government through
regional organizations called "Community
Participation Organizations". Most people
know them as "CPOs".

What are CPOs?

CPOs are organizations led by volunteers elected by members of the communities they serve. CPOs encourage and empower public involvement by providing a place for community members to:

  • Come together to learn about and discuss issues in a comfortable forum.
  • Get unbiased information about issues relating to local and County services for transportation, parks and trails, housing and business developments, public health, safety, emergency planning, schools, libraries and other matters affecting the livability of their community.
  • Interact with decision makers including local government and agency representatives, elected officials, and community leaders.
  • Engage as a group in an advisory role to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.


CPO News

Join CPO 7 at their November community meeting!

Release date: 10/20/2016
Join the conversation about the County's 2017 Annual Long Range Planning Work Program. Meet Mike Dahlstrom, the County's new Community Engagement Program Manager. Elections will be held at this meeting for our 2017 Steering Committee for CPO 7.

Join CPO 4M at their October meeting!

Release date: 10/19/2016
Agenda includes presentations on the proposed soil and water conservation levy and significant natural resource areas.

Get involved! All residents and business owners in Washington County are welcome. You can get started by finding out the CPO for your neighborhood and signing up to receive CPO meeting notices, news and updates.