VOTERS GUIDE: Summary of the functions of Boone County presiding commissioner

Monday, July 19, 2010 | 12:01 p.m. CDT

To understand the role of the presiding county commissioner, it’s important to understand the role of the commission itself. The County Commission is an elected three-member board. It consists of:

  • Commissioner from District 1 (southern) 
  • Commissioner from District 2 (northern)
  • Presiding commissioner

Functions include:

  • Establishing county policy
  • Approving department expenditures
  • Supervising public works, planning and zoning, building codes, human resources, purchasing, information technology and facilities and ground maintenance
  • Ensuring county-wide compliance with statutory requirements

They also serve as a liaison with county boards and other government bodies.

The presiding commissioner focuses on the whole county, where the other two commissioners focus on the needs of their districts, and runs the bi-weekly meetings.

Requirements for candidacy:

  • Missouri resident for at least one year
  • A resident of the county
  • Is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence as stated in the declaration of candidacy
  • Is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state
  • Has not been found guilty of state or federal laws

Pay: $84,000

 Term length: Four years

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