The Chatham County Board of Commissioners consists of a chairman who is elected at-large and eight district commissioners. All members are elected to four-year terms.
The Board of Commissioners meets twice a month on Fridays. The meetings immediately follow a 9:00 a.m. pre-meeting and are held in the Commission Chambers of the Old Courthouse, 124 Bull Street, Second Floor. The meetings are open to the public. The agenda for the meeting is available for pickup on Wednesday before the Friday meeting. In addition, agendas and minutes may be accessed online.
Chatham County operates under the Commission-Manager Plan of local government. The Board of Commissioners makes policy, adopts laws, sets budget limits, sets tax rates and hears zoning cases. The Board appoints a county manager who serves as the chief administrative officer to carry out the policies and handle day-to-day responsibilities.