The Board of County Commissioners is composed of seven members elected for staggered four-year terms. Five members represent specific districts and two members serve at-large. The chair is chosen by the board annually. Glynn County operates on a county manager system. The Board of Commissioners hires the county manager, who is responsible for day-to-day operations.
The board is responsible for establishing policy for county operations, enacting ordinances and resolutions to promote the county’s health, safety, and welfare, and approving the annual budget which funds the operations of the constitutional officers as well as the departments under the board’s jurisdiction.
Time requirements: The board of commissioners meets at least twice each month and has one work session each month. Board meetings typically start at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. Board members also are appointed to serve on board committees by the commission chair. The number of meeting varies by committee, ranging from monthly to quarterly to annually. The committees and number of commissioners serving are:
- Altamaha River Partnership (1)
- Board of Health (1)
- Brunswick Area Transportation System
- Coastal Regional Commission
- Community Development Advisory Board (1
- Finance Committee (3)
- Gateway Behavioral Health Services (1)
- Pension Committee (3
- Personnel Committee (3)
- Strategic Community Planning Committee (3)
- Tourism Bureau (1)
- Water Resources Protection Committee (1)
As an elected official, you must be available and responsible to your constituents by phone, email or in person. There’s no way to predict how much time that requires.
- Pay: County commissioners are paid $400 a month and have an expense allowance of $200 a month. The commission chairman is paid $500 monthly and has an expense allowance of $250 monthly.
- Training: New commissioners are required to take two days of training offered through the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. The ACCG offers additional training and support during the year.
- Administration: Commissioners do not receive direct administrative support. However, the county manager’s office assists in preparation of documents for review, research and travel arrangements.
Term of Office
County commissioners serve four-year terms.
Oath of Office
Elected officials must take a loyalty oath stating that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia (O.C.G.A. 45-3-1).
You must be a citizen of the United States; have been a citizen of Georgia for at least 2 years; a county resident for at least 12 months; and a qualified voter. A candidate does not have to reside in the commission district for which you are running.
You also must meet state code requirements regarding conviction for election fraud, malfeasance of office, crime of moral turpitude or domestic violence. You must not be in default for any taxes. You must swear to uphold provisions of the Georgia election code and the rules and regulations of the Democratic Party. [See Appendix for complete language.] You may not have been adjudged a “subversive person” as defined in the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act of 1953. (O.C.G.A 21-2-7)
Qualifying is the process of submitting your Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit and paying the appropriate fee to run for office. In Glynn County, the Democratic Party of Glynn County conducts Democratic primary qualifying for Board of Education and Board of Commissioners races.
For the 2018 primary election, the qualifying period is March 5-9. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5-8 and 9 a.m.-noon on March 9.
Qualifying takes place at Strom Law Firm, 602 G Street, Suite 5, Brunswick GA 31520.
The qualifying fee for 2018 is $225.
To qualify, you must bring a valid photo ID for notary purposes, a completed DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY AND AFFIDAVIT (County/municipality) form and payment of the qualifying fee TBD to the designated law offices. The exact qualifying fee will be announced no later than Feb. 1, 2018. If you cannot afford the qualifying fee, you can petition to have the fee waived by submitting a Pauper’s Affidavit. [See appendix for examples of forms]
A designated party official submits the forms and checks for the primaries to the Glynn County Board of Elections.
The Glynn County Board of Elections will certify the candidates and then provide information and forms for complying with campaign and personal finance requirements. Typically, those forms must be submitted to the BOE within two weeks of certification.
After the state certifies your candidacy, you must submit a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement and forms regarding the raising of campaign funds and establishing a campaign committee within 15 days of qualifying. You may declare that you will not raise more than $2,500, which will exempt you from financial disclosure. [See appendix for examples of forms.]
Forms are available at the Secretary of State’s website and the Glynn County Board of Elections website.