|The Board of Commissioners is the County's legislative authority and is made up of three Commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county is divided into three districts, based on population, and at the time of election each Commissioner must live in and represent his/her district. The Commissioners are partisan and are nominated in a primary election embracing only their particular district. All voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the Commissioner who will ultimately serve.
Commissioner district map.
Scheduled upcoming meetings with pre-meeting documents and approved videos of past meetings.
Text documents of upcoming and of recently held meetings.
Text versions of past approved minutes.
|Regular Board Hearing Day
||Each Monday at 2:00 P.M., Commissioners Meeting Room, 100 West Broadway, Suite #1, Montesano, WA 98563
The exception is when a holiday falls on a Monday, the Board does not meet that week.
See the currently adopted Commissioner Calendar
|Staff Meetings||Each Monday beginning at 9:00 A.M the Commissioners hold staff meetings in the Commissioners Conference Room #1, at the above address.
|NEW Workshop schedule
||On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month the Commissioners will hold a workshop
to discuss county business and planning. No decisions will be made in the meetings and there will
not be a set agenda of topics. These meetings are open to the public.
Resolution 2016-004 Regularly Scheduled Workshops.
|Special meetings are occasionally scheduled with the date, time, and purpose of the meeting provided to news media. Official publications and hearing notices are published in the county’s official newspaper, The Montesano Vidette.
As administrators, Grays Harbor County Commissioners are responsible for providing direction to their department heads for:
County Fair, Events and Tourism Department
- County Forestry Department
- County Facilities Department
- Planning, Building and zoning of unincorporated areas
- Public Health and Social Services
- Public Works Department (Roads, Engineering, Utilities)
- Other programs and services which are not clearly the responsibility of another elected county official.
One of the County Commissioners' primary duties is to levy taxes to operate the county and to adopt a balanced budget for each calendar year. The Commissioners fix the budget amount for each department of the county, but variances and increases can be permitted during the year if a need can be shown. Other elected officials in the county are responsible for their own adopted budget and the County Commissioners are responsible for the operation of budgets under the control of appointed department heads.
In their judicial capacity, the Commissioners are often called upon as the first level of appeal to sit in judgment of decisions made by other county officials. Rezoning recommendations from the Planning Commission, for instance, are appealed to the County Commissioners for review.
Within their legislative capacity, the Commissioners are responsible for adopting, amending and repealing all county ordinances (which are usually laws of the county). These include traffic, zoning, planning and public safety ordinances, and any other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the county.
The Commissioners have a key role in a wide variety of community boards and commissions that affect citizens within and even beyond their jurisdictions. The Commissioners serve on a variety of multi-county boards with other public officials to direct public policy. The latest Commissioner Representation List.
Many citizen advisory boards provide input to the Commissioners in a variety of areas. Within the county structure, the Commissioners are responsible for appointing members to the county boards and commissions. You may contact Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board, for further information regarding these boards and potential openings. You may also send a letter of interest to the County Commissioners if you would like to be considered for appointment.
Special information about the Board's hearing schedule may be obtained by contacting the Commissioner’s Office. Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board, can provide specific information about the Commissioners' schedules as well as the outcome of public hearings.
If you have questions about county matters, require information concerning which department to contact for a specific need, have a complaint or need assistance please contact Jenna Amsbury. She can be reached at (360) 249-3731, and via email at JAmsbury@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.