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Commissioners' Office

**ATTENTION PLEASE**

In order to comply with Governor Inslee's "Stay at Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation, the Island County Board of Commissioners' Office will have limited access to the public.   The access to our County Office Buildings will be closed effective March 25th through April 6th.  We are still available to serve the public, but we are limiting personal contact.  For any business to be transacted or if you wish to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to give us a call at 360-679-7354. 

Thank you,

Board of County Commissioners and Staff

If you would like to read any of the recently adopted resolutions in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, please click on the links below:


 **PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC MEETINGS**

In accordance with Governor Inslee's Proclamation 20-28 issued March 24, 2020, in-person participation in meetings is prohibited.  However, the public may remotely access the meetings via telephone or video.  

Please visit the weekly Regular Session Meeting Agenda or Work Session Agenda for the call-in number by clicking the links below: 

 **PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS**


Public Records Disclosure Information

CHANGES DUE TO GOVERNOR INSLEE’S PROCLAMATION & COVID-19 EMERGENCY


On March 24, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28 temporarily suspending certain provisions of the Public Records Act through midnight, April 23, 2020.

  • The requirement that agencies respond to PRA requests within 5 business days is suspended. Responses to requests for records may be delayed. Each County department and office will make a good faith effort to communicate with records requestors in a timely manner as staffing availability and workloads allow during the COVID-19 Emergency.

  • All in-person business pertaining to requests for records is suspended, including: making a public records request in person, inspecting records onsite and picking up records onsite. If you have previously scheduled an onsite visit, the department’s records officer will be contacting you with other options.

Island County Commissioners

Mission Statement:

Quality Services for a Quality Life

Guiding Principles:

  • Provide for the long term health and safety of the people, the economy and our natural resources
  • Assure customer service & promote operational excellence and efficiencies of Island County
  • Promote active participation in government.
  • Fulfill our constitutional responsibilities, holding ourselves to a high standard of accountability, transparency, ethics and fairness.
  • Maintain agricultural & recreational opportunities while strengthening our economic vitality.


Historical Note:

Island County's first Commissioners' meeting takes place in Coveland April 4, 1853.

On April 4, 1853, the first Island County Commissioners' meeting took place in Coveland, the newly designated county seat, located on Penn's Cove northwest of Coupeville on Whidbey Island's east coast. The meeting was held at the home of Commissioner John Alexander. The other two commissioners attending were John Crockett and Samuel D. Howe.

Island County was one of four counties carved out of Thurston County by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. At the time, it included the future Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

The first regular business for the Commission was a proposed road to Coveland from Ebey's Landing on the west side of the island. The board approved a petition for the road from Colonel Isaac N. Ebey (1818-1857) and 11 others. They appointed Ebey, Daniel Show, and Samuel Crockett to lay out the county road, as requested. They also appointed Hugh Crockett as sheriff.

The Board:

The Board of County Commissioners is the County's legislative and executive authority and is made up of three commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county is divided into three geographic districts based on population and at the time of election, each Commissioner must live in the district from which they are elected. The County Commissioners' positions are partisan and are nominated in a primary election embracing only their particular district. All voters in the county are given an opportunity in the general election to select the commissioner who will ultimately serve.

The Commissioners are charged with overseeing county operations; financial and budgetary matters; and the adoption of laws that regulate county growth, health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

Board Meetings:

The Board of Island County Commissioners meets in regular open session the first four Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. for Roundtable discussion with Elected County Officials and Appointed Department Heads.

Tuesday meetings are televised via a videoconferencing link to Island County's Camano Annex offices, 121 N. East Camano Drive south of Camano Plaza and Camaloch Golf Course. A public comment period is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on the first four Tuesdays of each month.

The Board also meets regularly on the first three Wednesdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. for Work Sessions with Elected Officials and Appointed Department Heads and the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. as the Island County Board of Health.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Hearing Room located downstairs in the Courthouse Annex Building, Room #B102, at 1 NE 6th Street in Coupeville, Washington.

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