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Resident Participation

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is assisted by a number of advisory commissions, boards and committees. These groups are comprised of county residents and report directly to either the BOC or to individual county departments.

Generally speaking, the terms board, commission and committee are interchangeable as applied to the names of these bodies. The groups vary in size and responsibility. Some bodies are created for a specific length of time, while others are ongoing in their assistance to the BOC.

In addition, commissioners make appointments to a variety of other authorities and boards throughout the county, which serve in advisory capacities for specific projects, services or facilities. These operate outside the direct supervision of county government.

An authority is a political body enabled or created by the Georgia General Assembly. It has specific powers not available to county commission-created boards or committees, such as the power to issue revenue bonds, purchase property or execute contracts. Authorities can be established for a specific length of time or for an ongoing period of assistance.

Certain qualifications are required to hold positions on some boards, commissions, committees or authorities. These qualifications are stipulated in either the Cobb County Code or the Georgia Code.

Listed here are different boards, commissions, committees and authorities with a brief Description of their membership, prescribed functions and the length of terms for each group.

For more information, contact the County Clerk's Office at 770-528-3307 or the individual department.



Animal Services Board

Authorization: Cobb County Code Section 3-5-5; Ordinance of 10-24-89; Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment; Amendments of 11-9-93. New Animals Ordinance (Chapter 10) adopted May 24, 2005 changed the method of appointment to this board and the make-up of the board.

Audit Committee

Description: Created to assist the Board of Commissioners in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing and evaluating the County's financial information, established systems of internal controls, and the audit process.

Board of Commissioners

Authorization: Present five (5) member governing authority was created by Ga. Laws of 1075, Ex. Session, Act #22, p. 2075; Amended by Ga. Laws as follows: 1965, p. 2192; 1966, p. 2070, 1967, pp. 2350, 3182; 1968, p. 3581; 1969, pp. 2486, 3280; 1971, p. 3150; 1972, p. 3639;

Board of Tax Assessors

Authorization: Ga. Code Annotated Section 48-5-290 through 48-5-313. Ga. Laws 1986, Act #1622 authorized Board to consist of not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) members. BOC resolution of July 28, 1987 expanded Board membership to five (5) members.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Authorization: BOC resolution of December 26, 1972; May 2, 1973 the BOC designated the Zoning and Planning Commission as the Board of Zoning Appeals; BOC resolution of September 25, 1973.

Business License Review Board

 Authorization: Board of Commissioners of April 14, 1987, Cobb County Code Section 3-4-150; amended 10/24/89; amended 9/25/90; amended 5/11/93; amended Chapter 6 3/25/97 (eff. 4/1/97); amended 8/10/99; amended 5/9/00; amended 1/23/01

Civil Service Board

Authorization: Constitutional Amendment, 1963, p. 685. Established by Act #733, Ga. Laws 1964, p. 2502 (March 10, 1964); Amended by Ga. Laws 1969, p. 2228; Ga. Laws 1977, pgs. 3208, 4550 (Reso.); Ga. Laws 1978, p. 3637; Ga. Laws 1982, p. 4074, Cobb County Code, Chapter 2-4;

Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1951, p. 497, Act #319; Ga. Laws 1965, p. 2762, Act #285; Ga. Laws 1967, p. 2051, Act #13; Ga. Laws 1984, p. 4325, Act #935; Ga. Laws 1986, p. 5296; Ga. Laws 1988, p. 4028, Act #951; Ga. Laws 1989, p. 4711, Act #279; Ga. Laws 1994, pg. (S.B. #664, Act #921).

Commission on Youth and Children

Authorization: This Commission was added to the list of boards, commissions and authorities in November 1998 and does not reflect previous members of the Commission appointed by the Board of Commissioners.

Community Relations Council

Authorization: Resolution of the Board of Commissioners per minutes of October 9, 1989; method of appointed amended by resolution of BOC 1/25/94. Reactivation by amendment to enabling resolution on March 24, 2009.

Community Services Board

Authorization: Created by Georgia Legislature, Ga. Laws 1976, p. 953; Amended Ga. Laws 1986, p. 1213; Amended Ga. Laws 1993, p. 1445; Amended Ga. Laws 1984, p. 437; Amended Ga. Laws 1999, p. 860; Ga. Laws 2002, p. 1324. Resolution of the BOC 8/24/93 appointed members of the Cobb County Board of Health as members of the Cobb County Community Services Board.

Compensation Committee

Authorization: BOC resolution of July 10, 2012.

Description: Created to assist the Board of Commissioners in fulfilling its oversight of compensation and benefits for county employees.

Cumberland Community Improvement District Board

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1985, p. 4009, Amended Ga. Laws 1988, p. 3887; BOC Resolution of 4-14=88, Item #2 (Special Called Meeting) consenting to creating for the provision of governmental services and facilities specified; BOC approval 6-28-88, Item #28 to enter into cooperation agreement with CID Board;