The roles and responsibilities of the County Commissioners
Chaffee County has three County Commissioners which is the county’s governing body; they are elected at large to four year staggered terms. Residents of Chaffee County choose who their commissioners will be when they vote at election time. Terms are staggered so that no more than two commissioners are elected at the same time. Their powers are defined and promulgated by State Statute under Title 30 for Government – County. They are the governing body and by statute are clothed with full authority to make all contracts which are essential to the management of the county affairs.
When do the Commissioners Meet?
The regular meetings for the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners are typically set for the first three Tuesday’s of each month. There is also a regular monthly work session which is held on the second Monday of every month in the Commissioner meeting room at the County Administrative Offices, 104 Crestone Avenue, Salida. Please check with the County Administrative Assistant for meeting dates and times and locations at (719) 539-2218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All agenda's for Commissioner meetings are posted on the home page.
The Commissioners role is to manage the affairs of the county as authorized by state statute. Powers granted to the board by the State of Colorado are broad, which allow the board independence in judgment.
Some examples of the board’s powers are to:
• Oversee county income and expenses; adopt an annual budget
• Establish policies and procedures for the administration of county government
• Construct or repair roads, bridges, and drainage facilities
• Levy taxes as provided by law; certify mill levies annually
• Build and maintain county buildings
• Grant licenses as prescribed by law
• Appoint staff and determine annual operating budget
• Adopt ordinances as provided in the Colorado Revised Statutes
In addition to these statutory general governance responsibilities, the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners guides the operations of the county administrator and county finance administrator and the rest of the other departments’ and offices in the administration’s span of control. The Commissioners also conduct public hearings at which official county business is transacted; consider applications for funding from community agencies, county departments, and elected officials; represent the citizens of Chaffee County on other boards and governing bodies; and establish personnel policies.
The above are just some examples of county activities which require decision-making by the board of county commissioners. More information about the duties and powers related to statutory responsibilities for Chaffee County and the County Commissioners, check the Colorado Revised Statutes, Titles 29 and 30 which are laws concerning local and county governments.
Commissioner District Map 2011
Pursuant to D.R.S. 30-10-306, in order to reflect population shifts documented in the 2010 Federal Census boundaries of the County Commissioners districts, the following map shows the changes to the Commissioners districts. Precinct 1 is moved from Commissioner District 2 into Commissioner district 3 and Precinct 7 is moved from Commissioner District 1 into Commissioner District 2.
Commissioners Redistricting Map Towns
Commissioners Redistricting Map Countywide
Commissioner Keith Baker
Commissioner Greg Felt
Commissioner Dave Potts, Chairperson