County Governments

Grand County is a local government entity that determines and implements local policies, determines public needs and how these needs are met, provides services, and collects taxes.


Organization & Structure

Counties are the largest units of local government, numbering about 8,000 nationwide. Colorado is divided into 64 counties whose boundaries are established by the state. Per the Colorado Constitution, counties have seven elected offices. Grand County's elected offices are the Board of County Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Coroner, Clerk & Recorder, Surveyor, and Sheriff. Each officer elected serves a four-year term. Commissioners are the main policy-making body in the county. They are also responsible for the county’s administrative and budgetary functions. By law, they are independent of each other and from the county commissioners. Their powers and duties are described in the Colorado Constitution. County commissioners have no direct authority over the other elected officials in the county except that commissioners do approve budgets for all the other elected officials’ departments. 

See Organizational Chart

Powers & Responsibilities

Generally, counties are responsible for law enforcement; the provision of social services on behalf of the state; the construction, maintenance, and repair of roads and bridges; and general control of land use in unincorporated areas.