2020-2021 Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks Board of Directors
Twin Falls County
Secretary / Treasurer
Immediate Past President
The Role of the County Commissioner
Currently, a three-member board of county commissioners is the governing body in each Idaho county. Two county commissioners are elected every four years – one for a two-year term and one for a four-year term (Article 18, Section 10). Commissioners are both the executive and legislative body for the county. A board of county commissioners has a number of responsibilities spread throughout Idaho Code and generally can act only as a body rather than as individual commissioners. (See IAC’s County Elected Official Handbook for more detailed information.) Commissioners may appoint an administrative assistant or appoint a member of the commission to act as the administrator (31-818), but cannot appoint deputies unlike other county officials.
The Role of the County Clerk
Constitutional and statutory laws have given this one elective county officer five distinct titles: clerk of the district court, auditor, recorder, clerk of the board of county commissioners and chief elections officer of the county. The Idaho Constitution establishes the position of clerk of the district court and provides for the election of this position every four years (Article 5, Section 16). A separate section of the state constitution provides that the clerk of the district court shall be ex-officio auditor and recorder (Article 18, Section 6). State law provides that the clerk of the district court be ex-officio auditor, recorder and clerk of the board of county commissioners (31-2001 and 34-112). In addition, the election laws specify that “County Clerk” means clerk of the district court in the electoral process (34-112).