About the Board of County Commissioners
Douglas County’s three-member Board of County Commissioners is the main policy-making body in the County and works to represent the interests of the citizens of Douglas County at local, state, and national levels. Commissioners are elected at large from one of three geographic districts for four-year staggered terms. In Douglas County, Commissioners are limited to serving two four-year terms.
Abe Laydon was elected Douglas County Commissioner, District I, in November 2018 and began serving his first term in January 2019. Laydon’s top priorities as County Commissioner include cutting taxes, providing real transportation solutions, ensuring responsible growth, working collaboratively with law enforcement and the school board to make sure we have proven safety solutions ready and in place to protect our kids, and making certain we have clean and abundant air and water for generations to come.
Roger A. Partridge currently serves as the 2019 Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Partridge was elected Douglas County Commissioner, District II, in November 2012 and began serving his first term in January 2013. He was re-elected in November 2016 for an additional four years. Partridge’s top priorities as County Commissioner include finding solutions for traffic and transportation challenges in many areas of the County; working toward a viable and renewable water supply; seeking added support for the advancement of economic and job growth opportunities; and protecting the balance and quality of life in Douglas County.
Lora Thomas serves as the 2019 Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. She was elected Douglas County Commissioner, District III, in November 2016 and began serving her first term in January 2017. As a Douglas County Commissioner, Lora Thomas will bring leadership, valuable life lessons and conservative values to the Office, and her door will always be open to listen and learn from all Douglas County residents.
Colorado State Statutes designate counties to function as an administrative arm of State government and to serve as the legislative, policy-making, and administrative body governing unincorporated areas of the County.
County Commissioners are responsible under state statute for health, safety and welfare of the citizens including: law enforcement, which includes supporting the courts system and the district attorney function as well as providing jail facilities through the Sheriff; human services, including administering and carrying out virtually all programs overseen by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Counties may provide health services, although their ability to do so depends on resources available. In Douglas County, health services are provided through a partnership with Tri-County Health.
Commissioners have a responsibility to provide leadership to County operations through the adoption of the annual budget, which includes all departments, commissions and other spending agencies funded by county appropriations, including law enforcement, and human services.
Other powers, authorities, and statutory responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners include, but are not limited to, the following:
- intergovernmental collaboration in the interest of problem-solving and long-range planning
- manage the business and concerns of the county and care for county property, including the acquisition and disposal of county property
- road and bridge construction, maintenance and repair
- establishment of voting precincts
- weed control
- adoption of subdivision regulations
- liquor licensing
- enter into contracts, receive grants and gifts
- levy taxes, subject to state tax revenue limitations
- incur debt, either revenue debt (based solely on a specified revenue stream) or general obligation debt, which constitutes a general obligation to repay the debt
- accurate and timely reporting to state and federal agencies as required