Board of Commissioners
Passed away March 4, 2017
A. Richmond Felton
Macon County is a political subdivision of the State of Georgia, created for civil and political purposes, and operating with powers given to it by the state legislature. The county's governing authority is the Macon County Board of Commissioners.
Macon County is divided into five districts and the five members of the board of commissioners are elected by district for four-year terms. The chairman and vice-chairman of the board of commissioners are elected by the board each year at the first meeting in January.
The Board appoints the County Manager and County Attorney. The County Manager hires directors for the departments under the Board's jurisdiction.
The board of commissioners has regular Board meetings on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. Commission work-sessions are scheduled on Wednesday one week prior to the regular meetings. Special meetings are called when necessary. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
The general duties of the Commissioners are:
- To enact resolutions and ordinances for the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of Macon County.
- To levy taxation when necessary to finance the operation of the county government.
- To approve an annual budget of revenues and expenditures.
- To maintain County infrastructure and buildings.
- To plan for future public service needs.
- To provide necessary services to safeguard the well-being and safety of the residents.
County commissioners have authority over the construction and maintenance of local roads, election facilities and equipment, parks and recreational facilities. The Board of Commissioners directs the provision of fire services, emergency preparedness, emergency medical services and rescue units, should you ever need them.
Georgia county commissioners affect the lives of residents more directly -- and more often -- than the governor, state senators and representatives, judges, the mayor, the sheriff or their employers.