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.

These seats have been considered some of the "most coveted, safe and powerful local elected positions in the nation."[2] For example, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors members in 2013 had a combined total of 100 years of service in office. Each member also receives a salary of $179,000 a year and another $3 million a year to run their office, pay staff, and take on projects.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4] The board has enacted legislation regarding zoning maps for residential housing and commercial businesses.[5]

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors has executive powers in addition to legislative powers.[6]

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


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