County Government

County Commissioners

The five-member Board of Commissioners is elected at large for four-year staggered terms and may serve unlimited terms. Their duties include deciding what services should be provided to the citizens and how to pay for the services; appointing the County Manager and County Attorney; designating the County Clerk; adopting an annual budget; setting the property tax rate; establish service levels for solid waste, emergency services, public safety, library, public health, mental health and social services; adopting zoning and subdivision regulations; approving new positions, and appointing over 300 people to 50 citizen boards.

The Board meets twice each month, normally on the first Monday at 9:00 a.m. and the third Monday at 5 p.m. in Room 3451 of the Haywood County Justice Center, 215 North Main Street, in Waynesville.

County Manager

The Haywood County Manager is the chief administrator of county government. The manager is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for the administration of all departments of county government. The County Manager is responsible for implementing the directives of the Board of Commissioners, strategically managing various County departments, developing an annual budget and capital improvement program, providing public information on County services and programs, providing legal support, ensuring accurate records of Commissioners’ action and policies, and serving as Clerk to the Board. The County Manager’s Office also includes the Assistant County Manager, Public Information Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.

County Departments

For a listing of all departments, their function and important contact information, visit the Departmental Directory here.

Emergency Services

The goal of the Haywood County Emergency Services website is to provide a broad range of professional services to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Haywood County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The offices for all Emergency Services are located at the Courthouse Annex behind the historic courthouse. Emergency Services Section >

Sheriff’s Office

The Haywood County Office of the Sheriff is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week regardless of holidays or adverse weather conditions. We diligently seek to maintain the highest level of integrity, honor, and professionalism during any and all situations.