Alachua County is governed by a Home Rule Charter (which became effective on January 1, 1987) that was approved by the electors of the County. The Board of County Commissioners, comprised of five elected members, sets overall policy. These elected officials serve four year staggered-terms. The Board of County Commissioners on-going strategic goals are quality of life, partnerships and excellence in county government. There are five elected Constitutional officers as follows – Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections.
Alachua County operates under the County Manager form of government; having a County Manager (appointed by the Board of County Commissioners) responsible for executing all decisions and policies made by the Board of County Commissioners. The County Manager’s duties include managing all general county government departments and preparing an annual operating budget.
Alachua County is a transforming organization with a focus on developing a shared vision among employees through an organizational structure of functional groups and multi-disciplinary work team. There are approximately 900 general government employees.