Madison County is organized under the township form of County government. The County Board Chairman is elected at large by all of the voters in the County. The Chairman is the chief executive officer of County Government and is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of County departments and coordinating management with other Countywide Officeholders. The Director of Administration works at the direction of the Chairman to carry out Board policy, to assist in the management of Board departments and to coordinate operations with Countywide Officeholders. The Board Chairman appoints the department heads who manage those County offices not under the control of a Countywide Officeholder and coordinates the overall operation of the various offices and departments.
The County Board Chairman presides over the meetings of the County Board and appoints Board members to serve on the standing committees of the Board. The Chairman-Pro Tem is appointed by the Chairman with the advice and consent of the Board and presides over Board meetings in the absence of the Chairman. The committees maintain an informed relationship with the departments and offices under their oversight. The Chairman of each committee regularly reports to the Board Chairman and the full Board on the operations of their respective departments. The committees study issues within their areas of responsibility that are assigned to them by the Chairman and submit recommendations and resolutions to the full Board for action.
The County Board passes all ordinances, rules and regulations to implement the powers granted to counties. The Board approves all contracts and expenditures, and does all other acts necessary to exercise the corporate powers of the County. It has the authority to levy taxes for the support of County Government operations. The Board has the task of reviewing and adopting the County’s annual budget submitted by the County Board Chairman. It purchases and maintains all real and personal property owned by the County. The Board also approves and supervises the use of all federal and state grants.