The three County Commissioners constitute the chief governing body of the County. Statutory authority of the Commissioners is primarily of an administrative nature with legislative or policy-making powers. The County Commissioners are vested with selective policy-making authority to provide certain local services and facilities on a county-wide basis. Administrative powers and duties of County Commissioners encompass registration and elections, assessment of persons and property, human services, veterans’ affairs, appointment of county personnel, and fiscal management. As managers of fiscal affairs, County Commissioners are responsible for adoption of County budgets, assessment of property, levying of taxes, and borrowing of funds for construction of capital projects. They are also required by law to appoint a Chief Clerk, a County Solicitor, a Chief County Assessor and other County personnel.
The Commissioners are elected for four-year terms, with the terms of the three Commissioners running simultaneously.