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County Commissioners

The job of the county commissioner calls for hands-on service delivery as well as policy-making budget decisions. 

Three Commissioners, elected at large and each representing one third of the county's population serve Hettinger County. In addition to assuring that county roads are maintained, Commissioners vote to set the budget for all county departments and adopt a tax rate.

Among other responsibilities, the Commissioners:

  •  Set the yearly property tax rate and approves the budget and employment level for the county.
  •  Set Commissioner and Justice of the Peace precinct boundaries.
  •  Call, conduct and certify elections, including bond elections.
  •  Set employment and benefit policy.
  •  Establish long-range thoroughfare, open space, land use, financial and law enforcement/jail needs plans. 
  • Acquire property for rights-of-way or other uses determined to be in the public's best interest.
  •  Review and approve subdivision platting and wastewater treatment for rural areas.
  •  Provide rural ambulance services and subsidizes rural fire protection.
  •  Oversee the construction, maintenance and improvement of county roads and bridges. 
  • Appoint non-elected department heads and standing committees.
  •  Supervise and control the county courthouse, county buildings and facilities of the county. 
  • Adopt a county budget.
  •  Determine county tax rates. 
  • Fill vacancies in elective and appointive positions.
  •  Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts in the name of the county. 
Hettinger County Commission
Todd Lutz-Chair - 701-563-7216
Devan Laufer - 701-928-0100
Tom Geerts - 701-928-0498

                                                     2024 Hettinger County Annual Budget Document - PRELIMINARY - click here