Citizen Participation Organizations (CPOs)

What is a CPO?

It is a Citizen Participation Organization - a place where you can discuss issues in a comfortable forum; meet neighbors who are interested in the community; get unbiased information; and find neighbors who will listen to your concerns and work with you to find solutions. All residents and business owners in Washington County cities and unincorporated areas are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Who supports local CPOs and Washington County residents? 

Oregon State University Extension Service supports citizen involvement and CPOs through an intergovernmental agreement with Washington County, the sole funder of the CPO program. Extension CPO program coordinators provide information on land use and livability issues, resource referrals, and work with CPO members to increase understanding of public policy and county decision-making processes, and effective citizen involvement practices.

Please visit the OSU Extension Service CPO website for more information.

Community Involvement Program Transition

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a process and timeline in early 2015 to transfer the programmatic support for the county's citizen involvement program away from Oregon State University's Extension Service. OSU Extension announced in the fall of 2014 that it had re-evaluated its institutional strengths and role in this county program and would not continue to administer the program in the future. 

Boundary Change Task Force

This task force was charged in 2011 with developing consensus on criteria and a process under which cities could request changes to the boundaries of Washington County's CPOs. The goal of the task force was to draft a recommendation for the County Administrative Office and Board of County Commissioners that could be fully supported by both the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) and the cities in Washington County.