Mission, Responsibilities & Duties

Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners Mission: 
  • Carry out the lawful duties delegated by the state legislature.
  • Provide the people of Otter Tail County with affordable, efficient government services.
  • Serve the people of Otter Tail County by striving to provide a quality of life which affords people a healthy and safe work and recreation environment.
Rationale of Board's Responsibilities & Duties
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners acts as an arm of state government to carry out those duties and responsibilities that have been outlined by legislative action.

In addition to those mandated services, it is the responsibility of the commissioners to carry out, to the best of their ability, those duties that deal with the smooth operation of the county. Those duties include such items as tax collection and the services associated with it such as land assessing and communication systems, the maintenance of highways, the collection and direction of the solid waste stream, the issuance of permits and licensing in addition to those areas necessary for the day-to-day operation of county government.

It is not only the responsibility of the commissioners to work with and assist those people who deal in services that benefit the general work environment, health, and recreation of residents of Otter Tail County, but also to protect the environment for future generations. Those areas may include public health, land and resource, and park maintenance among others.

Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners Responsibilities
  • Discuss issues and cooperate with state officials.
  • Act as a sounding board for county residents as needed.
  • Encourage staff and residents to work together for the purpose of affecting the best quality of life for residents of Otter Tail County.
Adopted this 5th day of October, 1993.


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