About Your Alachua County Government
What is the role of Alachua County Government?
We have two roles.
- We provide countywide services that include
Animal Services, the
Crisis Center, the Cooperative Extension
Victim Services and
- We provide urban services, the types of services that cities provide in the unincorporated
part of the County, which is the area that's not part of a city, and in some cities.
These services include
Parks and Land Conservation and
Road and Bridge.
How is it organized?
The Board of County
Commissioners is the governing body for County Government. The Board makes
policy, which includes:
- Setting the County's budget.
- Enacting new laws.
- Ruling on rezoning applications and other land-use cases.
- The Board appoints the County Manager and the County Attorney.
What is the role of County Manager?
The County Manager
supervises all of the 800+ employees under the Board, except for the staff of the
County attorney. In Commission-Manager form of the government (which the County
has), the Commission looks to the manager to provide professional management of
services and work with staff to develop policy recommendations.
What other officials serve Alachua County?
The following elected officials serve the county but are elected independently from
the Board of County Commissioners:
How can I take part in our Democracy?
The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is dedicated to engaging citizens
in the democratic process. You can make your voice heard by:
- Joining other citizens who serve on our
advisory boards that advise County Government on affordable housing, economic
development protection, environmental protection and many other topics.
- Commenting in person every time the Board of County Commissioners considers any
subject during workshops and
- Making comments by telephone(352-384-3084) or
e-mail during regular meetings of the Commission.
- Serving as a volunteer in our departments.
- Calling, writing or sending e-mails to
Commissioners and County staff.
What other resources are there for keeping informed?
We're also dedicated to keeping you informed, and we do that by:
Alachua County History