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Managing a county—a small section of a state—is no easy task. Most county residents don’t want to get involved in the nitty gritty details of budgets and program planning, so they elect County Commissioners to do the job on their behalf.
As a County Commissioner, you’re an elected Representative who speaks for a large group of people. Your opinions matter, of course, but the opinions of your constituents drive your decisions. To find out what’s important to them, you go to meetings, athletic events, picnics, lunches, and other public events. You kiss babies, shake hands, and talk to your constituents about issues.
At least once a month, you hold a meeting with other County Commissioners in your area. These meetings are open to the public, so you show up early and wear your best clothes. During the meetings, you discuss the county budget, boundary issues, maintenance issues, and other important topics. And once the discussion is over, it’s your job to implement whatever decision was reached.
Some issues grow so large that you’re unable to resolve them alone. The Governor of your state may step in to help, with a little prompting from you. Similarly, the Mayors of the cities in your county may come to you for help with growing issues they cannot solve alone.
The decisions you make have a deep impact on the residents of the county, and you must keep them informed. Writing newspaper articles, publishing a newsletter, or maintaining a formal website can help you keep your residents up to date on your work.