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Board of supervisors

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The Board of Supervisors is the body governing counties in many U.S. states. This type of governing body is prevalent in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Generally, members of the board are elected from local towns, townships, cities or wards.[1]

In other states, the governing body for a county may be called the County council or County commission.

Powers

As elected officials, members of a board of supervisors make decisions that impact the local population. The board may have legislative, executive or quasi-judicial powers.[2]

For example, the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors has legislative powers. The Board is required to approve ordinances, resolutions and non-parliamentary motions.[3] The board has enacted legislation regarding zoning maps for residential housing and commercial businesses.[4]

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has executive powers in addition to legislative powers.[5]

States with boards of supervisors

In the following states, all or some counties are governed by a board of supervisors:

See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms

References

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