The El Paso Board of County Commissioners established the Citizen Outreach Group (COG) in 2005 to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and to facilitate communication between county citizens and the Board of County Commissioners (By-laws).
On September 6, 2016 Resolution No. 16-325 was approved by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners to dissolve the Citizen Outreach Group and the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee, and to consolidate the two into a single new volunteer group; re-establishing the Citizen Outreach Group (By-laws). The new COG is composed of eleven voting members comprised of one citizen recommendation from each of the County's five Commissioner districts, and six at-large citizen appointees. Each voting member is limited to two consecutive three year terms.
To build citizen confidence in El Paso County government.
The COG serves as a committee to review and assess, in its capacity, the progress of the County Strategic Plan, the County's Five Year Financial Roadmap, and the activity of the Public Safety tax, in an effort to provide the Board of County Commissioners and County Administration with update(s) and recommendation(s). The COG, in its capacity, also supports the County's efforts in hosting the County Citizens College, The County Fair, and other events to encourage and enhance transparency and collaboration between citizens and County government.
The Citizen Outreach Group conducts a "Citizens College". This interactive education course allows citizens to learn first-hand how county government works. To view the curriculum for the Citizens College, click here.