Cover Letter

Chisago County Citizen Review Panel

Dear Concerned Citizen:

Enclosed for your information is a packet that includes a fact sheet (PDF) about Minnesota's Citizen Review Panels, a volunteer job description, and a panel member application (PDF).

Currently, monthly panel meetings are scheduled on the 1st Tuesdays of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They are held at the Lakes Region EMS Building in North Branch.

We estimate the following time commitment: After an initial orientation training, monthly meetings of 2 hours are held. An additional 1 to 2 hours a month may be required to gather information for committee reports, the monthly meetings and an annual report. We ask panel members to make an initial 2 year commitment, agree to participate on a panel committee and attend the panel meetings.

Reimbursement for transportation and child care expenses for panel members is available.

If you are interested in being considered for panel membership please complete and return the enclosed application within 2 weeks to the address below.

  • Karlene Smith
    Social Services Supervisor
    Chisago County Health and Human Services
    313 N. Main Street
    Room 239
    Center City, MN 55012

Application to Join the Citizen Review Panel and Application for Volunteer Citizen Review Panel Member will both be needed. They can be found in the column to the right under 'Quick Links' and are both included in the link for Application to Join the Citizen Review Panel (PDF).

After we receive your application we will contact you. Applicants that best meet the needs described in the volunteer job description and ensure that the panel is broadly representative of the community will be considered. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact Karlene Smith at 651-213-5648, or by emailing Karlene Smith. We hope to hear from you.


Michelle Anderson, Chair
Chisago County Citizen Review Panel

Karlene Smith, Social Services Supervisor
Chisago County Health & Human Services

The safety, permanency and well-being of all children will be achieved when everyday citizens invest themselves in community services and the child protection system.

Updated 8/16