How to Testify and Submit Written Testimony
NOTICE: All Board of Commissioners meetings will be completely virtual through the end of January.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners welcomes public participation at its regular business meetings.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board remains committed to broad community engagement and transparency of government and will host virtual business meetings on Zoom.
To provide public testimony for a meeting via Zoom by phone or online,you must register using the form link here. To register by phone call (503)846-8685.
- Submissions should be received 2 hours prior to the meeting time.
- Following registration, you will receive an email with further instructions.
Types of Testimoney
Oral Testimony during a Board meeting
1. Testimony on Items on the Agenda
Please follow registration procedures listed above.
When your name is announced, state your name for the record.
Groups or organizations wishing to make a presentation are asked to designate one spokesperson in the interest of time and to avoid repetition.
When more than one person is heard on any matter, please avoid repetition in your comments. Careful attention to the previous speaker's remarks will be helpful in this regard.
First hearing - 3 minutes for individuals and 12 minutes for groups
Additional hearings - 2 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for groups
2. Oral Communication from the Public **
There are two opportunities for oral communication with the Board:
First Opportunity: At the start of the meeting, before Board adoption of the consent agenda. This opportunity is time-limited to two (2) minutes per individual and a maximum of 10 minutes total.
Second Opportunity: At the conclusion of all regular business. This second opportunity is time-limited to five (5) minutes per individual and a maximum of 30 minutes total. This period may include communications on agenda items for which no period for public testimony was provided.