The county commission is the governing body of a county. Fifty-three counties elect three-member commissions while Berkeley and Jefferson Counties have a five-member commission. Commissioners serve in part-time positions with salaries ranging from $22,176 - $41,395.
The Constitution provides certain powers to the county commission, but these powers are limited to "the manner prescribed by law." This means that the county commissions’ powers must be expressly conferred by the Constitution or by acts of the Legislature. With respect to the powers of a county commission, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has stated that "a county court (now county commission) possesses only such powers as are expressly conferred upon it by constitutional or statutory provisions, together with such powers as are reasonably and necessarily implied in the full and proper exercise of powers expressly conferred upon it."
The West Virginia Constitution, Section 11, Article 9, specifically grants the following powers and duties to county commissions:
Other duties and responsibilities are specified in chapter 7 of the West Virginia Code, particularly in §7-1-3. These include
County commissions are required by Section 9, Article 9 of the Constitution to hold four regular sessions (meetings) each. These meetings must be held at the courthouse. Special sessions may be held throughout the year if called by the president of the Commission with the concurrence of at least one other commissioner. The number of meetings held varies from county to county, with some commissions meeting once month and others several times a month. Notice of all meetings must be given and meetings are public, as required by the open meetings law, West Virginia Code §6-9A-3. Executive sessions may be held as authorized by law. Two commissioners in attendance at a meeting establish a quorum. At the first session of each year, the commissioners choose one of their members to serve as president.
Grant County Commission
5 Highland Avenue
Petersburg, WV 26847
304-257-4422 - Phone
304-257-9645 - Fax