County Administrative Office

The Washington County Administrative Office serves as the administrative arm of the Board of Commissioners, functioning as liaison between the Board and county departments, interpreting Board goals and policies and providing executive direction to departments.

The County Administrator and Administrative Office staff:

  • oversee County programs and projects;
  • select and evaluate the performance of appointed department heads;
  • perform analyses leading to the improvement of County services;
  • prepare and administer the annual budget; and
  • provide direct administrative and clerical support to the Board of Commissioners.

 

County Organization

 
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Council-manager Form of Government
 
Our current charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government, giving the five-member Board of Commissioners legislative responsibility, designating administrative authority to a Board-appointed professional County Administrator.
 
 
 

County Budget

Since 1986, the County 2000 Strategic Plan has provided overall direction for the County budget. County 2000 emphasizes the need to direct the County's general fund discretionary resources toward programs of countywide benefit. Programs that provide municipal-type services are funded primarily through user fees and other localized revenues, while state programs managed by the County rely on state funding. Dedicated revenue sources are used to provide services above base levels and/or to restore services to prior levels.

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Policies and Rules

The County organization operates under policies and rules that guide day-to-day activities including personnel decisions, workplace safety and purchasing procedures.  

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Staff Assignments and Services

The county administrator and Administrative Office staff oversee County programs and projects; select and evaluate the performance of appointed department heads; perform analyses leading to the improvement of County services; prepare and administer the annual budget; and provide direct administrative and clerical support to the Board of Commissioners.

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Citizen Boards and Commissions

The County's boards and commissions play a variety of important roles in advising the Board of Commissioners on service priorities, how to distribute available resources, and how to improve our collaboration with other parts of the community.

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Citizen Involvement

All residents and business owners in Washington County cities and unincorporated areas are welcome and encouraged to participate in the decisions affecting our communities.

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