The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is charged with running the county under the direction of the Ohio Revised Code. There are just over 400 employees under the administration of the Commissioners and another 700 employees within the other offices of county government, resulting in a $47.5 million payroll.
The official county website lists the duties and responsibilities as the following…
County commissioners are the general administrative body for county government. As indicated above, they can perform those duties which are specifically authorized by the state legislature and no more. They are the county government taxing, budgeting, appropriating, and purchasing authority. They hold title to county property. Individual commissioners have no power to act independently. All formal and official actions must be taken by the board of county commissioners acting as a body by majority or unanimous vote.
Commissioners also have a myriad of other responsibilities including hearing and ruling on annexations, approving drainage improvements through the petition ditch process, establishing water and sewer districts and making improvements, and providing for solid waste disposal.
Commissioners also appoint department heads of offices for which they have responsibility and also appoint members to a variety of boards and commissions, and also serve on some boards such as the board of revision, the county records commission, and the planning commission.
Commissioners must work with all other county elected officials and with judges to assure that they are properly funded to perform their statutory duties.
But it is the non-statutory duties of county commissioners that make them different from other county elected officials. By necessity county commissioners must take a broad view of actions necessary to make the county a better place to live and work. Many commissioners are thus active in promoting public/private partnerships in human services, economic development, health, and infrastructure development. Other commissioners take an active role in improving the environment, promoting job training programs, and improving agriculture in their counties.
County commissioners must be astute and have good business sense. Perhaps the most important attribute of a county commissioner is the ability to lead, to listen to the needs of the citizens and other elected officials, to compromise, and to develop a consensus on priority issues to improve the county.