ORS 203.240¹
Organization, powers and duties of board

(1) A board of county commissioners shall:

(a) Have the powers and duties and be otherwise subject to the laws applicable to county courts sitting for the transaction of county business.

(b) Unless provided otherwise by county charter or ordinance, consist of three county commissioners. A majority of the board is required to transact county business.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 203.230 (Abolishing office of county judge and establishing board of county commissioners in noncharter county) (5) or an order issued under ORS 203.230 (Abolishing office of county judge and establishing board of county commissioners in noncharter county) (1), appoint a chairperson from among their number who shall serve until the first Monday in January next following appointment. If two members of the board cannot agree on the appointment of a chairperson, the member of the board who is longest in length of service shall act as chairperson.

(2) When a county has established a board of county commissioners any reference in the statutes to the county court of that county shall be considered a reference to the board of county commissioners of the county. [1961 c.571 §2; 1971 c.88 §7; 1981 c.140 §4; 1985 c.756 §2; 1997 c.277 §2]

Notes of Decisions

County com­mis­sioner acting alone did not have apparent authority as agent of county to bind county re­gard­ing damages caused by public works project. Holdner v. Columbia County, 123 Or App 48, 858 P2d 901 (1993)

Chapter 203

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Standards county may impose for approval of private roads created in parti­tioning land, (1972) Vol 35, p 1230

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 203—County Governing Bodies; County Home Rule, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors203.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 203, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano203.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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