Gilliam County Court
The office of the County Court is the administrative office of Gilliam County, Oregon. Gilliam County is a general law county governed by a three member County Court, consisting of a County Judge and two Commissioners. The County Judge is a nonpartisan, full time position serving a six year term. The Judge functions as the day to day administrator of the County as well as chairman of the board and as Juvenile and Probate Judge. The two Commissioners are partisan positions who serve part time for a four year term. The Commissioners and Judge acting as the Court, set policy for the County, and represent the County in various forums. The County Court oversees all non elected departments of the County. Although the Court shares the actual administration of county affairs with the elective department heads, it is, nevertheless, the focal point for decisions that must be made locally with respect to county affairs. The Court is served by a full time appointed court administrator.
The court normally meets in the Circuit Court Room at the Courthouse on the first and third Wednesdays of each month starting at 10:00 am. Special meetings are held as needed. All meetings are open to the public. Gilliam County employees maintain an “open door policy” and welcome citizens to share comments and concerns on any issue relating to county business.
Functioning as policy makers for the County, the Court duties include:
- Managing business affairs
- Prepare and monitor the Budget
- Personnel administration
- Advocate for local government at the Legislature
- Liaison assignments to local, regional, and state boards
- Approve Ordinances (County Laws), Resolutions, and Court Orders
- Address everyday concerns of local citizens
Will Carey serves as the Court appointed Legal Counsel on an as needed basis, providing legal services to the Court, county departments, commissions and to individual county employees when required by the Oregon Tort Claims Act. Legal Counsel has an attorney-client relationship with the County.
Legal services include representing the county in a variety of areas including tort claims, personnel actions and discrimination claims, labor matters, land use and planning appeals, public records matters, code enforcement, constitutional challenges, foreclosure and lien actions, nuisance abatement, real property matters, worker's compensation and public contracting regulations. Legal services also include reviewing contracts, agreements, ordinances, policies and other County actions.
Public Hearing Notice June 19, 2013
Notice is hereby given that the Gilliam County Court will hold Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19th 2013 at the Gilliam County Circuit Courtroom at 221 S. Oregon Street in Condon, Oregon. The purpose of the public hearing is for the County Court to obtain citizen views and respond to questions about an Ordinance ratifying the creation of the North Central Public Health District as an Intergovernmental Entity.
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Gilliam County, State of Oregon, will be held on June 19, 2013 at 11:00 am at Gilliam County Courthouse, 221 S Oregon St., Condon, Oregon. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 as approved by the Gilliam County Budget Committee. A summary of the budget is attached. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at Gilliam County Treasurer's Office, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This budget is for an annual budget period. This budget was prepared on a basis of accounting that is the same as used the preceding year.
County and local Tax Districts revenue reductions from wind farms Nov. 2012 update
November 2012 letter is received from Deartment of Revenue RE: major reductions to the valuation of county wind farms and significant impact to County and local Tax Districts revenue. Attachment