Board of County Commissioners
The Idaho Code mandates a minimum of three County Commissioners in the list of county officials required for county government. Any county may elect to expand this number to 5, 7 or 9 board members. However, no counties in Idaho have chosen to expand their boards beyond three members.
It further mandates that two County Commissioners serve two-year terms and the third serves a four-year term. The four-year term rotates between the Commissioners districts.
The Board has budget control, sets salary and benefit levels, and adopts countywide policy for all departments of County government. Other elected officials set policies and procedures for their individual departments.
However, the following Departments report directly to the Commissioners:
- Building Department
- County Extension Office and Fair
- Juvenile and Adult Probation
- Public Defender
- Road & Bridge Department
- Planning and Zoning
- Weed Control
The Board also appoints members to the following County Boards:
- Citizens Advisory Committees and study groups
- Planning and Zoning Commission
Commissioners meet in regular session the first, second and fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 am.
Anyone can request to have a matter put on the agenda for the Commissioners’ Meeting. Requests must be made through the County Clerk’s office, (208) 934-4841. The agenda is finalized five days prior to the next meeting date.
All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public with no appointment required. Members of the public may bring up any topic for discussion that the Board has time to deal with, which does not interfere with adhering to their published agenda. However, no action can be taken that day on any matter that has not been included in the agenda. This allows all interested parties have the opportunity to comment on any subject before the Board takes action.
Each commissioner does have a special area of responsibility, although the responsibilities overlap.