Board & Committee Descriptions
Corrections Advisory Board
Members advise and consult on critical corrections policy initiatives including the comprehensive plan for the development, implementation and operation of the correctional programs in Ramsey County. Formal recommendations to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners are made at least annually concerning the plan and its implementation during the ensuing year.
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp Board
Members must be veterans. Members direct operations of the camp, which is located on Big Marine Lake. The board is made up of representatives appointed by the Ramsey and Washington County Boards, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Extension Service Committee
Members encourage individuals and organizations to make the best use of activities in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, home economics, 4-H and related subjects.
Workforce Innovation Board (WIB) (Joint Ramsey County/City of Saint Paul)
This joint board provides broad community leadership in all areas of workforce development, develops a comprehensive countywide strategy to the community's workforce development needs under the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, and provides oversight and policy direction to the Workforce Solutions department. The 33-member WIB is comprised of business, education, labor, economic development, elected officials, state and county workforce development partners, and community-based organizations.
Contact: 651-779-5653 | [email protected]
Social and human services
Contact for all committees below is 651-266-4423.
Adult Mental Health Advisory Council
Represents adults with mental illness, an organic disorder of the brain or a clinically significant disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, memory, or behavior that seriously limits their capacity to function in primary aspects of daily living.
Adult Services Committee
Represents adults ages 60 and older who have difficulty living independently or are at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and persons between age 18 and 60 who have a major physical or neurological disability.
Chemical Health Committee
Represents low income adolescents and adults whose use of drugs or alcohol creates a situation where they are not capable of managing themselves or their personal affairs and they are unable to function effectively, including pregnant women who use drugs or alcohol.
Children's Mental Health Advisory Council
Represents families with a child who has an emotional disturbance or a severe emotional disturbance, an organic disorder of the brain or a clinically significant disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, memory, or behavior that seriously limits a child’s capacity to function in primary aspects of daily living.
Children's Services Review Panel
Represents children who are in need of protective services because a caretaker is unable to care for them or because they are a victim of abuse or neglect, children who are under state guardianship, adolescent parents and minors who are pregnant, children assigned by juvenile court for probation supervision, and children under age 10 who have committed a delinquent act or are runaways or truants.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee
Represents individuals who have been diagnosed as having significant sub-average intellectual functioning and demonstrated deficits in adaptive behavior, which has manifest before their 22nd birthday, and/or related conditions of severe chronic disability attributed to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other conditions excluding mental illness.
Low Income Committee
Represents individuals and families who need help meeting their basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, and medical care because their income falls below federal poverty guidelines.
Capital Improvement Program Citizens' Advisory Committee (CIPAC)
Involvement provides an opportunity to participate in the planning process for Ramsey County's Capital Improvement Program. Committee members advise the county board in setting priorities on proposed capital expenditures within Ramsey County.
Personnel Review Board
Board members' duties include: to hear disciplinary appeals by veterans relating to discharge or suspension; to review other disciplinary appeals after an Administrative Law Judge has heard them; to hear non-disciplinary appeals; and to review the Human Resources department as directed by the county board.
Ramsey County Charter Commission
Members must be residents of Ramsey County. Duties are to: periodically review the Charter and propose necessary amendments; to review and recommend proposals from others; and has the authority to submit proposed amendments to an election.
Capitol Region Watershed District Board of Managers
The district is led by a five-person Board of Managers that guides CRWD implementation of the goals and objectives set forth in its Watershed Management Plan. Board managers generally manage water and related resources in the Watershed District, which includes portions of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, Roseville and Saint Paul. Board managers are residents of the watershed district and serve a three-year term.
Contact: 651-644-8888 | District website
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Board of Managers
The district is guided by five members who oversee the preservation and improvement of the water resources and related ecosystems in eastern Ramsey County and western Washington County. Four managers are appointed by Ramsey County and one by Washington County. The district includes portions of Gem Lake, Little Canada, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Roseville, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake. Managers must be residents of the district and serve a three-year term.
Contact: 651-792-7960 | District website
Rice Creek Watershed District Board of Managers
Managers consists of five members - two are appointed by Ramsey County. The district includes portions of Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, St. Anthony, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, White Bear Lake and the Town of White Bear. The managers govern the Rice Creek Watershed District and manage the water resources within it. Managers must be residents of the district and serve a three-year term.
Contact: 763-398-3070 | District website
Valley Branch Watershed District Board of Managers
The district is led by a five-person Board of Managers that is responsible for the control and management of the water resources in the VBWD. The VBWD primarily lies in Washington County, but includes a portion of Ramsey County – the cities include parts of North St. Paul, Maplewood and White Bear Lake. Four managers are appointed by Washington County and one by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. Board managers are residents of the watershed district and serve a three-year term.
Contact: 952-832-2622 | District website
Community Health Services Advisory Committee (Join Ramsey County / City of Saint Paul)
The committee advises the Ramsey County Board and the Saint Paul City Council on public health programs and services; actively participates in policy development, determining community health needs and engages in public health advocacy.
Food and Nutrition Commission (Joint Ramsey County/City of Saint Paul)
Members focus on matters relating to the planning and policy, promotion of, access to and education regarding safe, affordable nutritious foods as well as the assessment of local food delivery systems.
Parks and libraries
The Library Board is responsible for governing the suburban library system with branches in Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake; ensuring that the libraries are responsive to the needs of the community; ensuring financial resources to accomplish the strategic plan; and setting library policy. Members must be residents of suburban Ramsey County.
Parks & Recreation Commission
Members serve as an advisory body to the county board on matters relating to planning, development and operation of parks, trails, open space and recreation areas.