The Board of Commissioners is comprised of 6 part time commissioners serving 4 years each. Elections are staggered every two years. Each commissioner must reside within 1 of 3 geographic districts, but are elected on a county-wide ballot. The Chairman is elected by the commission at the first meeting of the year.
Provide the citizens of Polk County with exemplary governmental services while maintaining fiscal discipline and responsible oversight.
Polk County will be the premier County in Northwest Georgia to live, work, and raise a family, with an open and efficient government which works with its citizens, local businesses and organizations to facilitate thoughtful economic growth and prosperity. In doing so, Polk County will provide solution-oriented services to the community through the application of standards, consistency and planning, with focus on public safety, creation of employment opportunities, and enhancement of quality of life.
The Polk County Commission (a.k.a. County Legislative Body) is a body that is made up of 9 commissioners, which are comprised of three commissioners from each of the three voting districts of the county. The commission’s job is to exercise the powers of a legislative nature granted to it by the Tennessee General Assembly in public acts (laws of general application) or local option application, which may be found in codified form in the Tennessee Code Annotated) or in private acts that apply to a particular county (that do not conflict with the general law). The commission has a considerable array of powers, including the power to levy property taxes, the power to expend funds for any lawful purpose, zoning powers for the unincorporated areas of the county, the power to fill vacancies in county wide offices and some regulatory powers which govern the public safety, morals and welfare.
District 1 - Commissioners
James O. Woody
P.O. Box 110
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 423-716-4120 John Pippenger
2112 Baker Bridge Road
Benton, TN 37307 Phone: 423-716-7655
Email Address: [email protected] Deborah Anne Davis
621 Columbus Road
Delano, TN 37325 Phone: 423-715-3698
District 2 - Commissioners
420 Ocoee Circle
Ocoee, TN 37361 Phone: 423-720-1039
Email Address: [email protected] Greg Brooks
2323 Davis Curbow RD
Old Fort, TN 37362 Phone: 423-435-3104 Roger M Evans
852 Parksville RD
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 423-338-7008 423-650-2551
District 3 - Commissioners
895 Tumbling Creek Road
Copperhill, TN 37317 Phone: 706-851-5437 706-455-9068
Email Address: [email protected] Samantha J Trantham
677 Airport Road
Copperhill, TN 37317
Phone: 706-851-6623 Jeremy C Kimsey
1012 Croft Chapel Road
Turtletown, TN 37391 Phone:423-241-0718
Polk County Supervisor Districts
If you need information regarding declaring candidacy for the County Supervisor election in 2022, information can be found here:
The district lines generally follow boundaries of cities, villages, and towns. Like federal and state districts, these county districts are determined by population.
Please use the Polk County Interactive GIS Map for a more detailed map. To review the Supervisor Districts, open the District Layers folder and check the box next to the Supervisor Districts map layer. Use the tools on the top to zoom in to the areas of interest.
County Board Room
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
3rd Tuesday of each month, except the Annual Meeting in November.
January-October 6 pm (usually no meeting in February)
November 9 am
December 6 pm
- (1st Vice Chair) - District 14
- (2nd Vice Chair) - District 11
- Brad Olson - District 1
- Steve Warndahl - District 3
- Tracy LaBlanc - District 5
- Michael Prichard - District 7
- Kim O'Connell - District 9
- Amy Middleton - District 10
- Fran Duncanson - District 12
- Russell Arcand - District 13
- Joe Demulling - District 15
Polk County Commission Districts Get New Boundaries
Changes are meant to keep commission districts equal in population.
BARTOW | Polk County Commission district boundaries are going to look quite different by this summer.
Work is under way to redraw the lines in response to population changes that have occurred since 2000 that were documented in the recently released 2010 census figures.
Polk County's charter requires that the districts be redrawn this year and the populations within each of the districts is supposed to be as equal as possible.
The biggest change will occur in District 4 in northeast Polk, where the population increased 56.4 percent.
The smallest change occurred in District 3, where the population increased 8.8 percent.
All of the boundaries will change because no district's population is within 1 percent of the average population of the five districts.
The district boundaries that were drawn following the 2000 census were between .2 percent and .7 percent of the average.
Under the current schedule, proposed maps will be completed by late April for approval by commissioners before county land surveyors revise the legal descriptions.
Gary Powell, a supervisor in the county's Information Technology Division, said he hopes to get the work done sooner.
One of the challenges in redrawing the district boundary maps is doing it in a way that doesn't affect existing commissioners.
District 4 Commissioner Todd Dantzler, for instance, lives near the boundary of District 4, which will be made smaller, and District 3, which will expand slightly.
"We're going to see what the tool we're using does," Powell said.
"We're not going to try to intentionally move the lines to move anyone out of their district or keep anyone in," he said.
Under the county charter, once the district boundaries are redrawn, a public notice containing the changes will be published four consecutive weeks in a local newspaper. That is expected to occur in June.
Commissioners are scheduled to approve final adoption of the boundaries on July 12. As a result, the new district boundaries will be redrawn well before the 2012 County Commission elections.
Three seats will be on the 2012 ballot.
Those are the districts 1, 3 and 5 seats held by commissioners Bob English, Ed Smith and Sam Johnson, respectively.
English and Johnson are subject to term limits under the current charter.
But English recently pushed a motion directing County Attorney Michael Craig to investigate where Polk officials can go to court to overturn the charter changes approved by voters in 2000 that impos- ed term limits and cut commissioners' salaries in half.
Term limits in other Florida counties have been overturned based on court rulings that they violate the Florida Constitution.
Neither English nor Johnson have said whether they would seek a third term if the term limits were overturned, however.
Smith is in his first term on the commission.
[ Tom Palmer can be reached at [email protected] or 863-802-7535. His blog on county government is at http://county.blogs.theledger.com. ]
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Board of Commissioners
County Board of Commissioners
The Polk County Commissioners meet the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday’s of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Boardroom located on the second floor of the Courthouse in Osceola, NE.
Functions of the Commissioners
The primary responsibilities of the County Commissioners are:
- The management of county funds
- Care for county property
- Adoption of the county budget
- Setting of tax levies
- Setting salaries of elected and appointed county officials
- Administration of several programs established by law
Polk County has 3 County Commissioners, which represent their three respective districts within the county. The County Commissioners are elected to serve four-year terms. A Commissioner may serve as many terms as he/she wishes. The terms are staggered so all are not elected to office in the same year.
The Commissioner’s meetings are open to the public and a current agenda is available in the County Clerk’s Office.
Board of Commissioners
Polk County has the most popular form of county government - the Commission Form. Serving a population of approximately 32,000 people, Polk County’s Board of Commissioners has five members, with residents from each of the five districts electing one member of the Board to serve a 4-year term. The Board of Commissioners is the policy-making body doing the following:
- Approving a capital improvement plan
- Ensuring citizen concerns are met
- Making land-use decisions
- Setting a budget and levy
- Adopting rules and policies
The Board of Commissioners appoints a County Administrator to oversee department heads, policy implementation and daily operations of the County. In addition, Commissioners appoint the:
- County Assessor
- County Auditor-Treasurer
- County Recorder
- Environmental Services Director
- Highway Engineer
- Human Services Director
- Veterans Service Officer
The Board also selects representatives to serve on other County boards and committees, such as the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.
In addition to regular County Board meetings, Commissioners serve on county-related boards and sub-committees. They also bring the County’s concerns before state and federal lawmakers and interact with other local boards, such as city councils and township boards.
Major responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Establishing a budget and levying taxes to finance County services.
- Providing assistance to constituents as their elected representative.
- Appointing members to County Board committees (with the exception of elected officials).
- Serving on the Board of Health as well as several other committees and boards.
- Managing county roads, buildings, and property.
- Planning land use within the county
- Authorizing expenditures.
- Serving as employer for County personnel.
Legislative & Administrative Head
The Board functions as the legislative and administrative head of Polk County. The powers of the Board are outlined in Minnesota Statutes. The management and control of County property and the transaction of business affairs of the County are vested in the Board.
District Finder & Map
Enter your address in the District and Precinct Finder to determine which commissioner district and city precinct you live in. The Finder will also list the congressional, legislative, judicial, and school districts you live in and your assigned polling location.
Review the District Map (PDF).
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Board of County Commissioners
The Florida Constitution states the governing body of each county shall be a Board of County Commissioners composed of five members serving staggered terms of four years, except when otherwise provided by the county charter.
After each 10-year census, the Board of County Commissioners shall divide the county into districts of contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practicable. One commissioner residing in each district shall be elected by the electors of the county.
Duties of the Board of County Commissioners
- Review and pass the County budget and levy taxes.
- Make appropriations for the operation of the County as identified in the budget.
- Authorize bonds for capital improvements.
- Manage County properties through the County Administrator.
- Confirm division and department heads appointed by the County Administrator
- Appoint special boards and committees.
- Establish policy which, through the County Administrator, filters down to department heads and others who carry it out.
- Present ordinances to the public for hearings and then vote whether or not to adopt them for inclusion in the County Code.
From Left: Commissioners Mike Forster, David Rice, Michelle Coldiron, Craig Cates, and Eddie Martinez.