About Committees

Laying the groundwork: Committees get it done

The Washington County Board of Commissioners leans heavily on its committees to conduct much of the preparatory work for business it will consider. The majority of matters voted on by the full County Commission originate in committees, and when a Commissioner wants a particular matter studied, it will usually go to the appropriate committee for study.

The County Commission's rules of procedure give committees the authority "to investigate and study matters, provide information, and present recommendations to the Board concerning those topics and businesses as delegated to the committee by these rules or by the Board of County Commissioners."

Those rules also state that when a request or resolution is referred to a committee by the full County Commission, that committee's chairman will report to the full commission at its next meeting unless otherwise directed.

Committee meetings are open to the public, and a monthly schedule is posted on this website as well as in the local newspaper.

Standing committees:

The County Commission has eight "standing committees," each with five members. The County Commission's rules state that each commissioner shall serve on a minimum of one standing committee, unless a member chooses not to serve. The members of those committees are appointed in August or September by the "Committee on Committees," which itself has five members chosen by election of the full commission at its July meeting.

The other permanent committee is the Budget Committee, whose members are appointed by the County Mayor, subject to full commission approval.

Special committees:

The County Commission has the authority to establish special and temporary committees as need may dictate, and Washington County has several of these presently. These committees can include members who are not County Commissioners. The County Commission's rules provide that those committees' members shall be appointed by the County Mayor.