Mission & Strategic Plan
The Board of Commissioners adopted the County 2000 Plan in 1986. The original plan identified the County's fundamental approaches to its service delivery roles, principles and priorities, and was designed to be a blueprint for the development and implementation of County policies, programs and operations. The plan was updated in 1990 and 1993. These updates substantively reinforced the original document with refinements based on emerging issues and service priorities.
County Organization: Council-Manager Form of Government
Washington County's charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government, giving the five-member Board of Commissioners legislative responsibility and designating administrative authority to a Board-appointed professional County Administrator. The County's strategic plan organizes the government into five functional areas, including general government; public safety; land use and transportation; housing, health and human services; and culture, education and recreation.