The Board of County Commissioners is the county's
legislative body. It also serves as the chief administrator for several
important county operations. Kitsap County is divided into three
The Board of County Commissioners' primary duty as the
county's legislative branch is to match the county's revenue with
expenditures in adopting an annual balanced budget for the entire county.
Each of the separately elected officials is responsible for adhering to the
adopted budgets affecting his/her office. The Board of Commissioners is
responsible for the operation of budgets under the control of various
appointed department heads.
Also within the legislative capacity, the
Commissioners are responsible for adopting, amending, and repealing all
county ordinances. These include traffic, zoning, planning and public safety
ordinances, as well as any other ordinances concerning the general welfare
of the county.
As administrators, the Board of County Commissioners
is responsible for all administrative duties of running the county which are
not expressly given to any other separately elected offices. These include:
public works programs (roads, waste water, solid waste, recycling,
engineering, hydraulics); Personnel\Human Services; Health Department;
Department of Community Development (planning, building, zoning, Fire
Marshal); Central Communication Systems, commonly known as CenCom (9-1-1
and Emergency Management); county parks and recreation systems; and