Yakima County Commissioners
Meet Your Commissioners:
All Yakima County Elected Officials are responsible for the administration and operation of their respective and independent departments. The Board of County Commissioners is responsible for the overall executive administration of Yakima County government.
As an elected board, the County Commissioners are responsible for direct oversight of the following County operations: Public Services, Department of Corrections, Human Services, Human Resources, Technology Services, Purchasing, Grants Management, Printing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Financial Services and Department of Assigned Counsel.
In addition to the oversight of these departments, the Board's duties include adopting and enacting ordinances and resolutions, levying taxes and establishing county policies. As the County's legislative authority, the Board is responsible for adoption of the annual budget, provision and maintenance of public facilities, construction and maintenance of County roads, development and implementation of planning and zoning policies, and appointments to advisory boards and commissions.
The county is divided into three districts on the basis of population. 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 by voters in their particular district. All the voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to vote for the commissioner who will ultimately serve the four year term.
Under rules devised by each board, the commissioners meet at such frequency and at such locations as deemed necessary and a chair is elected to preside over these meetings. The Board holds its regular Agenda meeting every Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Yakima City Council Chambers, 129 N. 2nd Street Yakima, WA. The BOCC encourages public comment concerning agenda items and/or Commission related issues during the regular agenda meetings.