Executive Office

The elected County Executive is the chief executive officer of the county.  He is elected at large and is vested with all administrative and executive powers to carry out the duties and perform the executive functions of the county. 


Specific responsibilities of the County Executive include:

  • Exercising supervisory control over all functions of the executive branch of the county government
  • Directing and organizing the management of the county in a manner consistent with state law and county ordinance
  • Carrying out programs and policies established by the County Council
  • Faithfully ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and county ordinances
  • Exercising supervisory and coordinating control over all departments of county government
  • Except as otherwise vested in the County Council by state law, appointing, suspending, and removing the directors of all county departments and all appointive officers of boards and commissions
  • Except as otherwise delegated by statute to another county officer, exercising administrative and auditing control over all funds and assets, tangible and intangible, of the county
  • Except as otherwise delegated by statute to another county officer, supervising and directing centralized budgeting, accounting, personnel management, purchasing and other service functions of the county
  • Conducting planning studies and making recommendations to the County Council relating to financial, administrative, procedural, and operational plans, programs, and improvements in county government
  • Maintaining a continuing review of expenditures and of the effectiveness of departmental budgetary controls
  • Developing systems and procedures, not inconsistent with statute, for planning, programming, budgeting, and accounting for all activities of the county
  • Exercising veto power over ordinances enacted by the County Council, including an item veto upon budget appropriations
  • Reviewing, negotiating, approving and executing contracts for the county unless otherwise provided by statute
  • Signing on behalf of the county all deeds that convey county property
  • Taking any action required by law and necessary to the full discharge of the executive's duties, even though the action is not expressly authorized in statute
  • Performing all other functions and duties required of the Executive by state law and county ordinance