Advisory Body Guidelines and Resources


Members of citizens’ advisory bodies to the County Board of Supervisors provide an important service to the government of Contra Costa County. They provide citizens’ perspectives and community feedback to the Board of Supervisors on a wide variety of services and programs that directly affect the community's quality of life. Advisory bodies provide important forums for citizen input through such activities as gathering data, recommending alternatives, and evaluating the impact of government decisions on the public.

The training material that follows will often include references to certain official documents and other County resources. All of the relevant information from these resources cannot easily be summarized in a single "handbook" or training session. Committee members, as well as County staff who serve as committee liaisons, should be familiar with all the County resources and policies that have been published over time to guide the administration of the County's citizens' advisory committees (and other boards and commissions). The Advisory Body Handbook has been created to provide easy reference to these important resources.

Advisory Body Handbook

The Advisory Body Handbook provides detailed information and reference materials about the laws, policies, and procedures that apply to the County's boards, commissions, and committees. The Handbook will enable committee members and their County liaisons to comply with all necessary administrative requirements and to obtain information about these requirements whenever necessary. The handbook contains information such as how and why advisory bodies are established, guidelines for committee administration, information about legal requirements in California and Contra Costa County, requirements for conducting public meeting and managing public records, and the roles and responsibilities of committee members and of the County liaisons to the committees. Bound copies of the Advisory Body Handbook may be obtained upon request by contacting the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office, 651 Pine St., Room 106, Martinez, CA 94553.

Clerk of the Board of Supervisors

The Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (COB) maintains all official records of Board of Supervisor's actions and policies pertaining to each County advisory committee. The Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors maintains the official roster for each committee including records of all committee appointments and terms of office. Each committee liaison should periodically compare the committee's internal data with the public information about the committee that is issued by COB, especially on the County website. Information that is inconsistent should be brought to the attention of the Clerk of the Board, in order to correct any disparities.

Departmental Staff and Committee Liaisons

All advisory committees have a designated County employee who serves as a liaison to the committee, either from a department, Supervisor's District Office, or the County Administrator's Office. Additional assistance on committee matters may be obtained by contacting your committee's County liaison or staff person. Staff support persons are encouraged to seek clarification if needed by contacting the County Administrator’s Office or the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.