The five-member Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and governing body of Lee County, FL. Each County Commissioner is elected at large for a maximum of three, four-year terms of office. Each Commissioner represents and resides in one of the five Commission Districts. Each November, the Board elects a Chairman who serves as its presiding officer. The County Manager, the County Attorney and the Hearing Examiner report to the County Commissioners. The County Manager is appointed by and serves under contract to the Board. This official is directly responsible to the Board for administration and operation of the County's departments, and for the execution of all Board policies. The Board of County Commissioners is one of seven separate but equal sections of county government, called Constitutional Offices, that provide services and facilities to Lee County residents. The other six "Constitutionals" are the 20th Judicial Circuit, Clerk of Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector.
The Board of County Commissioners together decided how much funding each county department gets, and often how much funding each district gets and what those funds can/will be used for.
The Board of County Commissioners together craft legislation within our county and exercise all legislative authority provided by the Lee County Home Rule Charter in addition to any other powers and duties authorized by general law or special law.
Zoning is an integral part of how our community runs. Deciding what is built and where it is built crafts communities and can help protect our natural Florida environment. The DRGR is a sensitive area in our county that we need to protect.