Barbour County, WV County Commission

The county commission is the governing body of Barbour County, WV. Our county commission consists of three elected commission members, who serve part-time positions for a term of six years. Meetings are held at least four times per year at the county courthouse, with special sessions held throughout the year. Executive sessions may also be held, as authorized by law. Two commissioners at a meeting establish a quorum. During the first session of each year, the commissioners chooses one of their members to serve as president. The public is invited to attend commission meetings (as required by the West Virginia Code §6-9A-3). Contact us to receive a schedule of meeting dates and times. We welcome your participation in your county government.

Duties and Powers of the Barbour County Commission

According to the West Virginia constitution (Section 11, Article 9), the following duties and powers are granted to the Barbour County Commission:

  • The custody, through their clerks, of all deeds and other papers presented for record in their counties, with responsibility for their preservation or disposal as may be prescribed by law.
  • The administration of the internal police and fiscal affairs of their counties, with authority to lay county levies, under regulations as may be prescribed by law.
  • Serve as the judge of the election, qualification and return of their own members, and of all county and district officers, subject to regulations as may be prescribed by law.

Responsibilities of the Barbour County Commission

Other duties and responsibilities of the Barbour County Commission are specified in chapter 7 of the West Virginia Code, particularly in §7-1-3. These include:

  • Preparation and adoption of budget for all county offices (except judicial)
  • Jurisdiction in all matters of probate
  • Appoint guardians for minor children; Receive court settlements generally
  • Own and maintain county property
  • Sit as Board of Canvassers
  • Lay and disburse county levies based on assessed property values
  • Sit as Board of Review and Equalization in February; Hear appeals on property values for assessment purposes
  • Appoint Fiduciary Commissioners to oversee and settle certain estates as required
  • Appoint members of certain county boards, authorities and public service districts
  • Adopt ordinances and orders in areas of jurisdiction as prescribed by law
  • Approve purchase orders and payment vouchers for elected county offices (except judicial)