• Three to seven commissioners elected at large; non-partisan election
    • Commissioners select a president or chairman from among themselves
    • Commissioners have administrative functions

Appointment Powers

  • Commission appoints other officers (i.e., a commissioner may serve as a commission treasurer)
  • Commissioners serve as department heads according to interest and experience

Management Authority

  • Administrative accountability is completely decentralized
  • Commissioners as department heads have management authority

Budget Authority / Process

  1. Preliminary budget preparation - Commissioners (for their respective departments)
  2. Final budget compilation and adoption - Full commission
  3. Budget implementation - Commissioners (for their respective departments)

Ordinance Powers

  • Commission is responsible for the enforcement of ordinances
  • Commission is the legislative body that establishes broad policy and local laws as ordinances and resolutions