The Board of Commissioners adopted the County 2000 Plan in 1986. The original plan identified the County's fundamental approaches to its service delivery roles, principles and priorities. The strategic plan was designed to be a blueprint for the development and implementation of County policies, programs and operations. Updates to the plan in the 1990s substantively reinforced the original document with refinements based on emerging issues and service priorities.
Washington County's Strategic Plan provides policy direction to the entire organization.
County organization: council-manager form of government
Washington County's Charter provides for a council-manager form of government. The five-member Board of County Commissioners has legislative responsibility and a Board-appointed professional County Administrator has executive responsibility. The County's strategic plan also organizes the government into five functional areas, including general government; public safety; land use and transportation; housing, health and human services; and culture, education and recreation.