The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of Santa Cruz County. Its duties, by state law, are both legislative and executive. The Board is responsible for the overall management of the County government operations. The Board appoints a County Manager, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the County. The County Manager supervises the work of appointed department directors and is responsible for the appointment of non-elected department directors, with concurrence of the Board. In addition, the Board appoints all members of the many boards and commissions that assist these programs.

All department budgets, whether directed by an elected or appointed official, are set by the Board. A tax rate for all taxing entities in our County is set by and adopted by the Board of Supervisors. All purchases and sales of county property, construction of county facilities, awards of bids for services and supplies and the appointments of all county personnel are but a few duties that fall within the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors.

The three Board members are elected to a four-year term by the electors of their respective supervisory districts. The current Board of Supervisors maintains an open office policy and encourages public comment, suggestions, inquiries and attendance at all Board meetings. The Clerk of the Board takes minutes of all Board meetings. Minutes are published and made available to the public upon request.

The Board of Supervisors must take all official actions during an open public meeting after being properly noticed on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors action. The Board of Supervisors holds regular Board meetings every Wednesday at 9:30 am unless otherwise posted. The Clerk of the Board posts agendas for each meeting on the bulletin board at the Santa Cruz County Complex, located at 2150 N. Congress Drive.