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About the County

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Our Mission:

Okeechobee County will provide responsive government services to its citizens in a well-managed, cost effective, fiscally sound, policy driven manner. All services provided shall benefit the health, safety and welfare of the community.

Our Vision:

A Community with a small town environment that fosters a desirable place to live, work and play

In addition:

  • Okeechobee County is the 54th County in the State of Florida, established on May 8, 1917, from segments of Osceola, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties
  • It gains its name from the Hitchiti Indian words oka (water) and chobi (big).
  • County Seat:  Okeechobee
  • Square Miles:   769 (land) and 123 (water); with a Population of 39,997
  •  Okeechobee County operates under the Administrative Form of Government.
  • The Board of County Commission is a 5 member board, elected at large, but must live in the District in which they are elected, for a 4 year term.
  • The Board of County Commission enacts Ordinances and adopts Resolutions but hires an Administrator to execute policy and oversee the various departments.

Fair Housing, Civil Rights Information:

County residents may contact the following person with questions or complaints regarding illegal housing discrimination (not loan foreclosures):  Robbie Chartier, County Administrator (863)763-6441 extension 1.
For discrimination issues in employment or handicap accessibility relating to the Board of County Commissioners, contact Mariah Anuez, HR Administrator, (863) 763-9312 extension 3.