Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners are the chief administrative and policy making body of Lawrence County Government. It consists of eighteen members and each board member is elected to a four-year term. Lawrence County is divided into eighteen districts with each district electing one commissioner. The county executive serves as a nonvoting ex officio member of the county legislative body.

County commissioners are elected by popular vote in the regular August election in those even-numbered years in which the governor is elected, and each county commissioner takes office on September 1st following the election, after receiving the proper certificate of election and taking the required oath of office.

The Lawrence County Commission is the primary policy-making body in the county. It sets a property tax rate that, along with revenues from other county taxes and fees as well as state and federal monies allocated to the county, are used to fund the budget. The county commission is subject to various restrictions in imposing most taxes (such as referendum approval or rate limits), but these do not apply to the property tax. The county legislative body serves an important role in exercising local approval authority for private acts when the private act does not call for referendum approval.

The county commission annually elects a chair and a chair pro tempore. The county may elect the county executive or a member of the body to be the chair, although the county executive may refuse to serve. If the county executive is chair, he or she may vote only to break a tie vote. If a member is chair, the member votes as a member, but cannot vote again to break a tie. If the county executive is not chair, he or she may veto most resolutions of the county legislative body, but this veto may be overridden by a majority vote. 

Regular Session Meeting Schedule: The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session bi-monthly, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM at the Lawrence County Commission Meeting Room at the Lawrence County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.

2020-21 Lawrence County Committees

In September 2020, the Commission approved the 2020-21 Committee appointments. Many remained the same as 2019-20, but some adjustments were made to give Commissioners the opportunity to serve in different capacities. Following are those committees, their purpose and members.

* Denotes Chairperson | ** Denotes Vice Chairperson
Budget

The Budget Committee reviews all department requests to prepare the annual budget for full Commission approval. Members took several days away from their jobs to work on the proposed 2020-21 county budget. The Budget Committee also reviews and approves any unbudgeted spending through the year, including bids approved by the Purchasing Committee.

Committee Members:

  • T.R. Williams *
  • Scott Franks **
  • Randy Brewer
  • Russ Brewer
  • Wayne Yocom
As you can see, being a Commissioner involves much more than casting votes at bi-monthly meetings. Committee work can demand an enormous amount of time and energy, and rarely makes headlines. Be sure to thank your Commissioner for the hands-on, behind-the-scenes work that keeps our county running smoothly.