Per Colorado’s Constitution and Revised Statutes, the County Surveyor is an elected official who is currently licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Colorado, and the individual must meet rigorous qualifications as defined in CRS 12-25-214. Successful completion of a series of licensing examinations is also required. Licensure of Professional Land Surveyors is overseen by the State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors.
The County Surveyor’s primary function is the review and indexing of Land Survey Plats. State law requires the County Surveyor to create and maintain a plat records file and indexing system for all survey plats. Land Survey Plats are reviewed to ensure that all required Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) and have been met.
The County Surveyor represents the county in all boundary disputes originating in the Public Land Survey System. When authorized by the Board of County Commissioners, the County Surveyor conducts surveys of county property including rights-of-way and may also provide professional land surveying services to other County departments. The County Surveyor can also establish disputed boundaries when applied for or at the appointment by the courts. Another function of the County Surveyor is to protect, maintain, and perpetuate land survey monuments. The County Surveyor can appoint Deputies as assistants to discharge their duties faithfully and impartially.
Another function of the County Surveyor is to protect, maintain, and perpetuate land survey monuments. The County Surveyor can appoint Deputies as assistants to discharge their
duties faithfully and impartially.
The Surveyor is considered to be a temporary employee of the County with no benefits other than the salary set by state statutes. The amount of salary is determined by county classification. Douglas County is a Category I county. Therefore, the Surveyor is paid a salary of $5,500 annually and is financed by the Board of County Commissioners.