Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners consists of three individuals elected to serve four-year terms as leaders of the Boulder County government. All three commissioners are elected at-large by the voters of Boulder County and represent the county as a whole.

Duties

As full-time public servants, the commissioners approve the budget for the entire county government, spearhead individual initiatives, and oversee management of ten county departments.

They also provide leadership and work collaboratively with fellow elected officials in the Assessor’s, Clerk’s, Coroner’s, District Attorney’s, Sheriff’s, and Treasurer’s offices to ensure that Boulder County continues to provide the best in public service.

Each commissioner plays a role representing Boulder County on various regional and statewide committees and organizations. In representing the interests of Boulder County residents, the commissioners:

  • Work collaboratively with other city, county, and state governments to create long-term plans
  • Address important issues facing our communities
    • Regional development and transportation
    • Legislative affairs

The commissioners swear to uphold the Vision Statement of Boulder County and to act in the best interest of its residents. They decide on a variety of matters affecting the county, such as:

  • Purchases of open space property and conservation easements
  • Rules governing development
  • Land use in unincorporated Boulder County
  • Planning of transit and trails systems
  • Intergovernmental agreements with local cities and towns
  • Programs to serve a variety of public needs including
    • Health
    • Social services
    • Aging services
    • Affordable housing
    • Welfare-to-work

District Requirements

In compliance with state statute, Boulder County is divided into three "residence" districts that are nearly equal in population. Each district is represented by a commissioner who resides within said district. The commissioners are voted into office by constituents throughout the entire county and represent the voice of the whole county, though no two commissioners may reside in the same district.

Districts must be revised after each federal census to assure roughly the same population per district.

The district map was created based on public feedback and according to the following guidelines:

  • Keep communities of interest intact
  • Use clear boundary lines
  • Allow for growth
    • District 1, which includes the city of Boulder, contains the most population because it is expected to grow the least. Districts 2 and 3 are expected to grow more.

The current district map was revised and took effect in 2011. The next district map will be revised in 2020. 

Note: map size is large in order to show street detail.

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Contacts

Commissioners' Office

303-441-3500
Email

Location

Boulder County Courthouse
Third Floor
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Map & Directions

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

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