Cobb County Government

Resident Participation

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is assisted by a number of advisory commissions, boards and committees. These groups are comprised of county residents and report directly to either the BOC or to individual county departments.

Generally speaking, the terms board, commission and committee are interchangeable as applied to the names of these bodies. The groups vary in size and responsibility. Some bodies are created for a specific length of time, while others are ongoing in their assistance to the BOC.

In addition, commissioners make appointments to a variety of other authorities and boards throughout the county, which serve in advisory capacities for specific projects, services or facilities. These operate outside the direct supervision of county government.

An authority is a political body enabled or created by the Georgia General Assembly. It has specific powers not available to county commission-created boards or committees, such as the power to issue revenue bonds, purchase property or execute contracts. Authorities can be established for a specific length of time or for an ongoing period of assistance.

Certain qualifications are required to hold positions on some boards, commissions, committees or authorities. These qualifications are stipulated in either the Cobb County Code or the Georgia Code.

Listed here are different boards, commissions, committees and authorities with a brief Description of their membership, prescribed functions and the length of terms for each group.

For more information, contact the County Clerk's Office at 770-528-3307 or the individual department.



Authorization: Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (HR1384, House Report 105-659); Action of the Board of Commissioners 5/9/00.

Authorization: Cobb County Code Chapter 38, Article II, Section 38-26.

Authorization: Resolution of Board of Commissioners approved August 11, 1987. Amendment of January 23, 2001 to increase the number of members from ten (10) to fifteen (15); April 14, 2009 clarification of January 23, 2001 action by correcting the attachment to the 2001 minutes to accurately reflect the appointment method and terms of members.

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1985, p. 4009, Amended Ga. Laws 1988, p. 3887; BOC resolution of 4-23-97; BOC approval on July 8, 1997 to enter into Cooperation Agreement with CID Board; resolution of the CID Board confirming an election held on May 29, 2001 extending the life of the CID for six additional years from the current expiration date to April 23, 2009 (resolution in CID file);

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1982, p. 3772, Act #912; Amended per Ga. Laws 1983, p. 4324, Amended per Ga. Laws 1993, p. 5143; Amended per Ga. Laws 2002 p. 5041, Act. No. 666 (H.B. No. 1804). (NOTE: In November 2002, the Development Authority was reactivated and initial staggered terms were given to the members.

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1993, House Bill 100, Act No. 552, O.C.G.A. 37-2-4.1(a); House Bill 498 of the 2002 Legislative Session increased the number of appointees to this Board due to 2000 Census figures to be effective 7/1/02 (total 15 member Board;

Authorization: Ga. Laws 1946, Act No. 622, p. 152 (GA Code 36-64-5); BOC resolution of March 8, 1966 (Photostat Book No. 2); Amended by BOC February 8, 1972; Amended November 26, 1996 (name changed from Recreation Commission to Recreation Board with recodification of Code, effective 1/1/97).

Authorization: Ga. Code Sections 20-5-40 through 20-5-44; Motions/Resolutions of the Board of Commissioners as follows: 12/17/68, 5-13-69 and 6-23-70. Cobb County Code Chapter 3-17.

Authorization: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §36-9-3(b), established by resolution of the BOC on 1/28/03.

Authorization: Resolution of the Board of Commissioners adopted on July 8, 1986; Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment.

Authorization: Ga. Law 1956, p. 2006; Amended Ga. Law 1964, p. 3181; BOC resolution dated Dec. 26, 1972; May 2, 1973 action of the BOC designated the Zoning and Planning Commission as the Board of Zoning Appeals; BOC Resolution of September 25, 1973;

Authorization: Created by resolution of the Board of Commissioners on October 11, 2005. Name changed on November 8, 2011 (formerly known as 2005 One Percent Sales Tax Citizens’ Oversight Committee).

Authorization: Created by Resolution of the BOC on September 28, 1999.

Authorization: Ga. Law 1999,House Bill 508, Act No. 283.

Authorization: Created by resolution of BOC per minutes of May 23, 1972, Item #71, as an additional Hospital Authority under provisions of Ga. Laws 1964, as amended, Chapter 88-18 (now Chapter 31-7) of Ga. Code, particularly under the authority of Ga. Code Sec. 88-1803.l (now Ga. Code Section 31-7-73),

Authorization: Ordinance of 9-25-84; Cobb County Code Section 3-2-10; Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment; Amendment of 4-14-98 to change the name of Cobb Clean Commission to Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. Code Section 102-111

Authorization: O.C.G.A. Section 8-3; activated by resolution of the BOC on April 13, 1982, Item #3.

Authorization: Authorized in 1962 under Ga. Code Ann. Section 99-1503 (now known as Section 31-7-72). BOC minutes of August 7, 1962.

Authorization: Resolution of BOC dated July 8, 1986. (Replaced Board created per BOC minutes of May 23, 1978); Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment.

Authorization: Ordinance of August 28, 1984; Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment. Code Section 66-26