Message from the Douglas County CommissionersAs the Board of County Commissioners we are committed to providing responsive and effective leadership by supporting open, transparent, and accountable government. We encourage community involvement in local government and encourage an open public process in which the business of the public is accomplished in public. As such we support:
- public processes that provide opportunities for diverse opinions and ideas to be heard and considered
- affording citizens and taxpayers with proper and public due process;
- performing our duties and responsibilities professionally, fairly, openly and respectfully;
- keeping elected officials, citizens, taxpayers and one another informed via timely information;
- diligent management of financial affairs in order to ensure the County's long term financial health and the provision of essential public services;
- balancing short-term and long-term priorities in order that we may promote sustainable communities, a sustainable environment, and sustainable economic opportunities which support and maintain the quality of life in Douglas County;
- providing clear direction and guidance to citizen committees and commissions;
- working to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts to the benefit of our community.
The Board of County Commissioners is committed to diligent management of financial affairs in order to ensure the County's long-term financial health and the provision of essential public services. The Board is committed to working to ensure that Douglas County government provides services to all Douglas County citizens, taxpayers, and communities in an effective and cost efficient manner.
Please visit www.douglas.co.us/finance/ to view
- Annual County budget (including preliminary budget, presentations and adopted budgets)
- Approved vouchers,
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
- Contingency Log
- County Debt
- Douglas County W-9 Form
- Quarterly financial review reports
- Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy
- Sales and use tax collection reports
- Salary publication
- Unclaimed Funds
- Additional links including a link to the County's Purchasing Division featuring information about Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing (BidNet®), the County's on-line notification system in which the County's bids, quotes, proposals, addendums, and awards are generally posted.
The Board of County Commissioners encourages community involvement in local government and, as such, requires an open, public process in which the business of the public is accomplished in public and posted for public review. Land use decisions are no exception. Following are links to the online resources related to the County's work processing land use applications, and other land use decisions.
The Board of County Commissioners believes in open and transparent government and, as such, requires that the business of County government should be open to effective public review. This includes access to information as well as the knowledge of the ability to participate in public discussion so that diverse opinions and ideas may be heard and considered. Following are the various online sources through which citizens and taxpayers may learn more about where the business of County government is being conducted in a public forum:
Community conversations are taking place throughout Douglas County - in very traditional settings and through online tools. Through the citizen survey, community meetings, and social media sites the County is engaging citizens and taxpayers in the process of governance. Please visit the following sites for examples of how you too can be part of the conversation:
- 2012 Citizen Survey Results
- Citizen Advisory Boards and Commissions
- Douglas County News
- Douglas County National News
- Staff Contact Information
The Board of County Commissioners recognizes that to fully represent Douglas County’s interests during state and national-level policy debates on issues that impact local government, there must be a level of participation in the halls of government in Denver and in Washington, D.C. As such the County has an in-house lobbyist and retains contract lobbyists to help represent the County's interests in economic development, natural resources, human services, public lands, transportation, and public safety.By state law, all those who lobby on behalf of Douglas County must file income and expenditures reports with the Secretary of State.Douglas County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), the only national organization that represents county governments before the Administration and Congress. To learn more about NACo and the legislative priorities of this national association, please visit: National Association of Counties (NACo)Douglas County is also a member of Colorado Counties, Inc., the state association representing Colorado Counties at the state capitol. To learn more about Colorado Counties please visit: www.ccionline.org.The 2013 membership dues paid for CCI total $44,552. For the National Association of Counties membership dues total $2,178.
For historical elections information, how to register to vote, voting by mail, important dates and other frequently asked Elections questions, please visit: www.DouglasVotes.com
Elected OfficialsFor biographies and head shots please visit Douglas County Elected Officials information.
COLORADO OPEN RECORDS ACT (CORA)C.R.S. 24-72-201 et seq. Last Revised: January 24, 2011 This procedure represents several of our core organizational principles- open government, citizen involvement, and organizational accountability. Douglas County government, its Board of County Commissioners, Elected Officials, and all county employees support the principle of ensuring that we maintain an open and accessible governing body. We make a commitment to fulfill every request for public information as efficiently and expeditiously as possible and within the requirements established in the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), C.R.S. 24-72-201 et seq. The following procedure ensures that any member of the public will be provided reasonable access to public records covered under CORA.
Any member of the public will have reasonable access to all county public records. Reasonable access is defined as allowing a person requesting public information to use available county resources to review or obtain copies of public records. In order to maintain the integrity of public records, or the effective functioning of a county office or department, and for security reasons, certain conditions for reviewing or obtaining copies of records may apply. Record requests will be fulfilled within three working days or, when extenuating circumstances apply, within seven working days as established by CORA. We will notify you when there are extenuating circumstances that do not allow us to respond to your request within three working days.