(County Commissioners vote to elect individual Board offices at the 1st organizational Board Meeting held every January.)
All Lorain County Commissioners are elected to office like other Elected Officials, such as the Sheriff, Engineer and Auditor. Two are elected at the time of the presidential election and one at the time of the gubernatorial election, serving four year terms. However, they are often seen as the leaders of county government, and their authority goes a long way toward supporting that viewpoint.
A board of three County Commissioners serves as the general administrative body for 86 of 88 Ohio counties, with the exception of Cuyahoga County and Summit County, which operates under a charter form of government. These three individual Commissioners serve the County at large.
Ohio’s 87 Boards of County Commissioners are the budget and appropriating authority for county government, meaning everyone – every agency (with the exception of the MVGT - or the Motor Vehicle Gas Tax), every court, every other elected office holder – depends on County Commissioners for their budgets.
Commissioners have authority under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 305 and Chapter 307, and have a myriad of other responsibilities including hearing and ruling on annexations, approving drainage improvements through the ditch petition process, establishing water and sewer districts and making improvements and providing for the disposal of Solid Waste.