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.