What does a Washington County Commissioner do?


Commissioner Lisa WeikFiscal Responsibilities 

  • Review, adjust and adopt the yearly county budget presented annually by central administration and county departments
  • Authorize the levy and collection of county property taxes
  • Serve as a board of equalization on disputes regarding appraised property values for taxing purposes
  • Authorize applications for funding from the federal and state governments and the subsequent use of those dollars within the county budget
  • Adopt and participate in the implementation of fiscal management policies for the county in areas such as investment, budget reserve policy, short-term borrowing, use of bonds and risk management/insurance
  • Monitor the overall fiscal health of the county through regular reports of the finance department
  • Establish a process for approving the payment of expenses incurred by the county
  • Develop and adopt a capital improvement program/budget covering major county expenditures over a series of years

Administrative tasks

  • Establish policies and procedures for central administration and departments to meet adopted goals
  • Coordinate activities of the county board, central administration and departments with those of independently elected department heads, including the county attorney and sheriff
  • Authorize the number of county employees
  • Establish salaries and conditions of employment
  • Approve a county benefit schedule
  • Negotiate and approve labor agreements
  • Supervise appointed county administrator
  • Oversee the implementation of the county pay equity plan and the county affirmative action/equal opportunity plan
  • Review liability issues and take appropriate measures to protect county employees and entities
  • Adopt and oversee the process of purchase of equipment and supplies for use by the county
  • Establish a plan for the review and evaluation of county services and programs

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