FIVE-MEMBER BOARD, MUNICIPALITIES PROVIDE OVERSIGHT, DIRECTION
Harris County uses the commission-manager form of government. Members of a five-member Board of Commissioners (BOC) are elected by district and serve staggered four-year terms. The Chairman is chosen by the board on an annual basis. The day-to-day operations of the county are overseen by a county manager, who reports directly to the county commission. Visit harriscountyga.gov today to learn more!
Harris County has five municipalities — Hamilton, Pine Mountain, Shiloh, Waverly Hall and a portion of West Point. Each is governed by an elected mayor and council. As well as its four hamlets, Cataula, Fortson, Ellerslie and Pine Mountain Valley.
Harris County’s enhanced 911 center receives and dispatches emergency calls countywide. Fire protection is provided by 12 volunteer fire departments, all of which receive a strong budgetary commitment from the commission and people of the county.
Harris County Emergency Medical Service has been repeatedly recognized as a premier department in the region. Harris County EMS serves an area of 465 square miles with 24-hour advanced emergency medical service out of four strategic locations – Hamilton EMS station (Highway 116), Mountain Hill EMS station (located in Fortson) Pine Mountain (in the Public Safety Building) and Waverly Hall EMS station (located in Waverly Hall).
Harris County EMS has a full-time staff of 21 employees, and a part-time staff of 12 employees to handle a yearly call volume of approximately 2,000, and works closely with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Harris County Volunteer Fire Departments. Harris County EMS has issued 23 automatic external defibrillators to the Sheriff’s Department and three to Harris County’s volunteer fire departments.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Department is the chief law enforcement agency for the county, and each of the five county municipalities has its own police department. The cooperative effort of the county’s law enforcement agencies is a key reason for the low crime rate that contributes strongly to the quality of life enjoyed by both residents of and visitors to Harris County.
Harris County also provides animal control and shelter, door-to-door garbage collection, a library and branch, planning and zoning, building code and soil erosion enforcement, building permits, subdivision regulations, sign ordinance, development authority, and public improvement authority.
A public health department and senior center also serve the citizens of Harris County.