ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 10, 2016) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.  Currently there are openings on the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool. 

The charge of the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool is to hear appeals concerning violations of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Animal Control Ordinance and also potentially dangerous dog appeals.  It is the responsibility of pool members to conduct fair and impartial hearings for these appeals.  Members will receive training in both law and proper procedure prior to participating in a hearing.  Pool members are sought from the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the part of Orange County that is unincorporated.  Appeals panels will be convened on an as needed basis for hearings.

This is a newly created Orange County Advisory Board and has openings for the following 18 positions:

  • The Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough shall each appoint two members from their respective jurisdictions
  • One member who shall have experience in the field of public health
  • One member who shall have experience in the field of public safety
  • Six at-large representatives, three of which reside in the unincorporated areas of the county shall be members of the public with some relevant knowledge of animal behavior
  • One veterinarian
  • Three members of the Animal Services Advisory Board

If interested, apply at .

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must reside in Orange County.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

For questions regarding the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool or for additional information, call Thom Freeman 919-245-2125 or email