Elected Officials information.
Each Ohio county organized under the general statutory law has eleven elected officials consisting of three county commissioners and an auditor, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, clerk of courts of common pleas, engineer, coroner, recorder and sheriff. There is no chief executive officer; each elected official possesses some executive authority.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
All Ohio counties organized under the general statutory law have three
county commissioners, two being elected at the time of the presidential
take office on January 2 and 3. Candidates for these two commissioner positions must file for either the January 2 or 3 position (ORC 305.01).
The organizational meeting of the board of county commissioners occurs
on the second Monday of January each year by the election of one of
County commissioners are the general administrative body for county
government. As indicated above, they can perform those duties
Commissioners also have a myriad of other responsibilities including
hearing and ruling on annexations, approving drainage improvements
Commissioners must work with all other county elected officials and
with judges to assure that they are properly funded to perform their
But it is the non-statutory duties of county commissioners that make
them different from other county elected officials. By necessity county
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.