The Moore American

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July 3, 2013

County kicks off fiscal year



Judges are either elected or appointed, and the county provides their offices and courtrooms. Each judge has a bailiff which serves as a secretary. Most of the bailiffs are state employees but a couple of them are county employees. Court reporters are state employees.

Non-elected partner agencies: The Cleveland County Health Department is a hybrid agency. The county owns and maintains health department facilities and approves contracts for the health department, but for the most part the health department is a state agency staff with state employees. State programs and funding govern most of the operations of the health department.

The OSU Extension Office is similar to the heath department in that the state employees and state budget operate out of a county owned and maintained building. Extension office contracts are approved by the county.

The Election Board is run by a state appointed election board secretary who is a state employee. Other election board employees are paid by the county but are directly supervised by the election board secretary. The county owns and maintains the election board facilities and approves its contracts.

Boards, agencies and authorities: The Board of County Commissioners also approves contracts for Fair Board, which receives its funding through the county. Fair board members are elected volunteers who live in the county.

County Commissioners and the County Budget Board also oversee the building maintenance, purchasing and IT departments. Those departments are run under the direct supervision of the BOCC by non-elected, qualified county employees who serve as supervisors for employees in those departments.

The County Budget Board and the BOCC also provide assistance for some partner agencies, such as the Women’s Resource Center and Crossroads Family Youth and Services. In some cases that assistance is a financial contribution, in other cases it may be low-rent or free rent and maintenance of a facility.

The BOCC is also responsible for serving on the Justice Authority, the Public Facilities Authority, the Home Loan Authority, and other boards and authorities that channel funding for the jail, juvenile detention center and other county services.

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