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 Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center, which is located at 313 N Main St in Center City.

We estimate the following time commitment: After an initial orientation training, monthly meetings of 1-1/2 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. Panel membership also includes training costs. At least one member of the panel is selected to attend the National Citizen Review Panel Conference which is held at various locations around the country each year. 

Application to Join the Citizen Review Panel and Application for Volunteer Citizen Review Panel member will both be needed. They are both included in the column to the right under ’Quick Links’ and are 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 Todd McMurray at 651-213-5647, or by emailing Todd McMurray. We hope to hear from you.


Sarah Kerkes
Chisago County Citizen Review Panel member

Todd McMurray, HHS Family Support Manager
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 6/20