The Riley County Commissioners meet twice a week to discuss and conduct county business. During these meetings, they are responsible for:
Approving the budget
Adopting personnel policies and pay plans for all county offices
Providing for adequate county government facilities
Setting tax levies
Determining township boundaries
Making citizen appointments to county boards
In addition to these responsibilities they take on the roles of legislator, public manager, community leader, citizen liaison, inter-local diplomat, and federal and state lobbyist.
An important aspect of being a county commissioner is the citizenship responsibilities. They are required to interpret county government decisions, communicate constituents’ needs and preferences to the commission, hear and resolve complaints about county services and communicate with citizen board appointees.
The District 1 Commissioner is John Ford. Mr. Ford (Republican) is currently serving his first term as county commissioner. His term expires January 2023.
The District 2 Commissioner is Greg McKinley. Mr. McKinley (Republican) is currently serving his first term as county commissioner. His term expires January 2025.
The District 3 Commissioner is Kathryn Focke. Ms. Focke (Democrat) is currently serving her first term as county commissioner. Her term expires January 2025.