Board of County Commissioners

County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and policy-making body of county government. The Board establishes policy and makes all budget decisions with regard to appropriation of funds to county departments and some constitutional officers. The chairperson presides over all board meetings, signs all legal documents, and appoints commissioners to various committees. The chairperson is the official representative of the board and retains a vote on all items and issues. The chairperson is selected annually by his/her peers to represent the board. DeSoto County is served by a five member Board of County Commissioners, representing all five districts within the county. The commissioners are elected at-large and each serves a four-year term. All terms are staggered with two commissioners being elected in one year and three in the succeeding two years.


Meetings

Board of County Commissioners meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Commission Chambers, located within the Administration building on the first floor at 201 E. Oak Street in Arcadia.

  •      Second Tuesday meetings begint at 9:00 a.m.
  •      Fourth Tuesday meetings begin at 3:00 p.m., with quasi-judicial agenda items at 6:30 p.m. 
  •      Look on Agenda for confirmation of 6:30 p.m. meetings
  •      Special meetings and workshops are called as needed


Board Members

There are five Commissioners that make up the Board of County Commissioners. Each Commissioner is elected to a four year term.  The County is divided into five districts, each member of the Board is responsible for one district.  Each Commissioner is required to live within their district.  The chairman and vice chairman are elected by the Board annually.

 

Responsibilities

  •     To provide services for the well-being and safety of the residents
  •     To pass resolutions and ordinances for the safety and welfare of DeSoto County residents
  •     To  provide financing of County government operations by levying taxation when necessary

 

Board of County Commissioners Group Photo 2013