Lincoln County Commissioners
Office Hours: 9:00 - 4:00, Monday-Friday
Phone: (509) 725-3031
Fax: (509) 725-2034
Office location: Lincoln County Courthouse, Lower Level Map
Meeting days: 1st & 3rd Mondays
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 28, Davenport, WA 99122
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is the countyís legislative body. The commissioners serve as the chief administrators for several important county operations and have some quasi-judicial duties, as well.
The Board consists of three commissioners, one from each of the Commissioner districts. The county is divided into three districts on the basis of population and at the time of election each commissioner must live in and represent his/her district. The commissioners are partisan and are nominated in a primary election voted on by only their district. All the voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the commissioner who will ultimately serve. The commissioners are elected to four-year staggered terms, with no more than two commissioners standing for election in a single year.
The commissionerís primary duty is to levy the taxes to operate the county and to adopt a balanced budget for each calendar year. Also within their legislative authority capacity, the commissioners are responsible for establishing local laws and policies consistent with state law, through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions. These include zoning, planning and public safety ordinances and any other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the county. The commissioners also appoint members of citizen advisory panels, hearing examiners and members of the Board of Equalization. They are also charged with approving all contracts and grant agreements
As administrators, commissioners are responsible for:
|Public roads and public works programs|
|Public health services|
|Planning and zoning of unincorporated areas|
|Other services and programs which are not clearly the responsibility of another elected county official|
In their judicial capacity, the commissioners can be called upon as the first level of appeal to sit in judgment of decisions made by other county officials. Rezoning recommendations from the planning commission, for instance, are appealed to the commissioners for review.
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