Community Participation Organizations
Community Participation Organizations are made of community members who work together and are actively engaged in the decision making processes that affect them where they live and work. These organizations are known as "CPOs". A program that is 100 percent about community, the CPO Program is an important piece of the County's Community Engagement Program.
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.
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.
Livability issues are their business.
CPOs focus all of their energy and time on the topics that affect how and where people live, such as transportation, parks and trails, housing and business developments, safety, public health, emergency planning, education, the environment and more.
The CPO Program has a new program coordinator!
See Marcus' full bio.
Marcus has worked to connect people from all different walks of life together in both his personal and professional life. He has been with the County for more than ten years. In his previous role as a Probation and Parole Officer, he worked with several unique populations including individuals/families of individuals transitioning from prison and children/families involved in the criminal justice system. Marcus is a skilled trainer and public speaker who has created, taught, and directed trainings on a variety of topics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Willamette University. Marcus will be working with CPOs 1, 3, 6 and 7.
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