Commissioners

Agendas & Minutes

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2009-2019 Whitman County Commissioner Minutes are available at:

Washington State Archives-Whitman County 

https://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1660


Effective October 4, 2021, Commissioner Meetings will be held in the Public Service Building Auditorium (310 N Main, Colfax, WA, First Floor) at 10:00 a.m. .


Remote participation is available for attending the Commissioners’ meetings at:  https://.us/j/250921172

Whitman County Commissioners

    Art Swannack

    District 1

Tom Handy

District 2

Michael Largent

District 3

Art Swannack
Tom Handy
Michael Largent

Purpose

Commissioners serve as the chief administrators for many important county operations and have some quasi-judicial responsibilities. The County Commissioners’ primary duties are to levy taxes to operate the county and adopt a balanced budget for each calendar year. The Commissioners are responsible for adopting, amending and repealing all county ordinances including zoning, traffic, planning and public safety ordinances and any other ordinance concerning the general welfare of the county. 

The Commissioners are responsible for the appointment of citizen advisory committees and boards, and appoint non-elected department heads.

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Emergency Services/Civil Defense Programs
  • Park and Recreation Systems
  • Planning and Zoning in Unincorporated Areas
  • Public Health Services
  • Public Roads and Public Works Programs
  • Other services and programs clearly not the responsibility of another Elected County Official