El Paso County derives its elected official structure and its powers from State of Colorado enabling legislation. The State grants to the County such powers as required for the health, welfare and safety of its residents.
- Board of County Commissioners
Commissioners serve as both the administrative and policy-making body for the County. All powers of the County are exercised by the Board of County Commissioners and not by its individual members.
The Assessor is a constitutional officer elected to a four-year term. The Assessor discovers lists and values real and taxable personal property.
- Clerk & Recorder
The County Clerk and Recorder administers state laws related to motor vehicles and certification of automobile titles; administers primary, general and special County elections; issues marriage licenses; maintains records and books for the Board of County Commissioners; collects state mandated license fees; maintains property records; and furnishes deed abstracts.
The County Coroner is responsible for the certification of all deaths in its jurisdiction.
- District Attorney
The District Attorney is the prosecutor for El Paso and Teller Counties. The District Attorney appears on behalf of the State and counties of the district in all pending criminal proceedings. Other duties include prosecution of criminal violations of state statutes; respond to victims needs; pursue consumer fraud complaints; and crime prevention.
The Sheriff maintains the peace, enforces State Statutes, serves court issued civil process, executes arrest warrants, performs extraditions, transports the mentally ill, maintains criminal justice records, issues concealed weapon permits, coordinates search & rescue and acts as the Fire Warden. The Sheriff operates the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and also the Community Detoxification Facility.
The County Surveyor represent the County in boundary disputes, notifies the County Attorney of any unsettled boundary disputes or boundary discrepancies with the County and files all surveys, field notes, calculations, maps and any other records related to work authorized and financed by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, custody, and disbursements of County funds. The Treasurer collects some state taxes and all property taxes including those for other units of local government. The Treasurer sends property tax notices, collects local government property taxes, disburses collection fee receipts, and conducts sales of property for delinquent taxes.
- Departments, Divisions and Affiliated Agencies
El Paso County’s administrative functions are divided into departments and divisions in order to better serve the residents. The El Paso County Organizational Chart (PDF).
The County also works with several agencies to provide needed services.