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Board of County Commissioners

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Dear Okeechobee Residents, Businesses, and Visitors:

On behalf of your Okeechobee County Commissioners, we are pleased to welcome you to Okeechobee County Online!

This website is your source for news and information relating to Okeechobee County. Whether you are a resident, tourist or representing a business, you're bound to find what you are looking for. We have placed a wealth of information at your fingertips from the latest news and upcoming events to live streaming of County Commission meetings and budget workshops. 

Just like our website,  Okeechobee County is always evolving, and moving forward to provide a better experience for residents, tourists, and businesses. [Pictured L to R:] Commissioner Bryant Culpepper; Commissioner Brad Goodbread;  Commissioner Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman;  Commissioner David Hazellief, 1st Vice Chair;  and Commissioner Kelly Owens, 2nd Vice Chair.

Okeechobee County welcomes you!

Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners



The Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of Okeechobee County, as established by the Florida Constitution, and serves as the legislative branch of county government.  

The five commissioners must reside in the districts they represent, however they are chosen by a county-wide vote.  The five-member Board is chosen in two cycles, staggared by two years, with District One,  District Three, and District Five being elected in presidential election years; and District Two and  District Four are elected in the intervening years. 

Shortly after the beginning of a new fiscal year, the Board conducts an annual organizational meeting in November to elect a chairman and vice chairman to serve a one year term. 

The authorities and responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners include:

  • Adopting ordinances and resolutions to establish public policy;
  • Levying authorized taxes and fees;
  • Adopting a budget each fiscal year;
  • Appointing a chair and vice chair at the annual organizational meeting in November;
  • Providing county services and infrastructure, including determining the amount and sources of funding for each;
  • Appointing and supervising the county administrator and county attorney;
  • Approving expenditures of county funds;
  • Entering into contracts and agreements;
  • Appointing individuals to serve on various boards and commissions established by state law, or by the Board of County Commissioners.