Duties of the County Mayor
As chief executive officer of the county, the County Mayor exercises a role of leadership in county government. The primary duties focus on county financial management. The County Mayor is the general agent of the county and manages the day to day operations of the county. The County Mayor has care and custody of county property not placed with other officers such as the Sheriffs responsibility for the jail.
The County Mayor is a nonvoting ex officio member of the county legislative body and of all committees of the body and may be elected chair of the county legislative body (a post that the County Mayor is not required to seek or accept). If the County Mayor is chair of the county legislative body, the County Mayor may break a tie by casting a deciding vote; otherwise, the County Mayor cannot vote on measures before the county legislative body. The County Mayor who is not chair may veto legislative resolutions of the county legislative body, but such a veto may be overridden by a majority vote of the members of the county legislative body. The County Mayor may call special meetings of the county legislative body.
Under the Financial Management Act of 2012, the county mayor sets on the Financial Management Committee.
The County Mayor is elected by popular vote at the regular August election every four years coinciding with the governor’s election, and takes office on September 1 following the election, after receiving the proper certification of election, obtaining the official bond and taking the required oath of office. Failure to take and file the proper oath and bond is a misdemeanor offense.