COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OFFICE
is my County Commissioner, and what is a Commissioner District?
County is split into three geographic commissioner districts,
based on population. Each Commissioner is elected to a four-year
term. At the time of election, each Commissioner must live in
the district he/she represents. The Commissioners are partisan
elected officials, and candidates are nominated in a primary election,
by ballots cast only their home district. All voters in the County
vote in the general election to select the Commissioner who will
District No. 1 encompasses Anacortes and Fidalgo Island, La Conner,
Bayview, Bow, Edison, and north to the Whatcom County line. Ron
Wesen is the District One Commissioner.
No. 2 includes Mount Vernon, Conway, and south to the Snohomish
County line. Ken Dahlstedt is the District
No. 3 includes Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, and all of eastern Skagit
County; it is the largest geographic district. Lisa Janicki
is the District Three Commissioner.
Commissioner District map
are the duties of the County Commissioners?
34 of Washington States 39 counties, the Board of County
Commissioners is the Countys legislative authority.
The Commissioners serve as the chief administrators for several
important County operations and have some quasi-judicial duties
The County Commissioners primary duty is to levy the taxes
to operate the County and to adopt a balanced budget for each
calendar year. The Commissioners fix the budget amount for
each department of the County, but variances and increases can
be permitted during the year if extraordinary circumstances can
be shown. Other elected officials in the county are responsible
for their own adopted budget and the County Commissioners are
responsible for the operation of budgets under the control of
appointed department heads.
Also within their legislative capacity, the Commissioners are
responsible for adopting, amending and repealing all County ordinances
(which are essentially laws of the County). These include
traffic, zoning, planning and public safety ordinances, and any
other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the County.
As administrators, County Commissioners are responsible for:
- Public roads and public works programs;
- Public health services;
- Planning and zoning of unincorporated areas;
- Emergency Services or civil defense programs;
- County park and recreation systems
- Other services and programs, which are not clearly
the responsibility of other elected County officials.
also have a key role in a wide variety of community boards and
commissions, which affect citizens within and beyond their jurisdictions.
Commissioners serve on a variety
of multi-county boards, state boards, and/or national committees,
with other public officials and private citizens.
Commissioners are also responsible for appointing members of many
County boards and commissions (for example, the Board of Equalization,
and Civil Service Commission). See; "Local
Boards and Committees"
do the County Commissioners meet and handle the Countys business?
Board of Commissioners generally meets each Monday and Tuesday
for regularly scheduled agenda items. The remainder of the week
is spent with individual committee assignments and constituent
are available on the web site in the "Agenda" section.
Or you may listen to a recorded agenda for the upcoming week by
calling (360) 416-1316.
weekly Public Comment Period is scheduled every Tuesday at 11:30
a.m. to give the general public an opportunity to present concerns
or discuss areas of interest with all three Commissioners.
sessions may be viewed live on the County web site. They are also
telecast live on Comcast Channel 21 and
Wave broadband - Channel 21
What is a Consent Agenda?
Consent Agenda is a way for the Commissioners to handle multiple
routine contracts, resolutions, and other items requiring their
approval on a weekly basis. Staff presents and itemized list to
the Board detailing dates and dollar amounts, and summarizing
the contract or other document for consideration. The Board reviews
this list and approves the entire list with one motion. The Commissioners
have the option of removing any item that they do not wish to
do I make an appointment to meet with my County Commissioner?
call the Commissioners Office at (360) (360) 416-1300 and ask for Linda
Hammons, the Clerk of the Board. She will arrange a mutually convenient
time for you to meet with your Commissioner.
Commissioners can be contacted via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissioners office is located at:
1800 Continental Place, Suite 100, Mount Vernon, Washington