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Dear Okeechobee Residents, Businesses, and Visitors:

On behalf of your Okeechobee County Commissioners, we are pleased to welcome you to Okeechobee County Online!

This website is your source for news and information relating to Okeechobee County. Whether you are a resident, tourist or representing a business, you're bound to find what you are looking for. We have placed a wealth of information at your fingertips from the latest news and upcoming events to live streaming of County Commission meetings and budget workshops. 

Just like our website, Okeechobee County is always evolving, and moving forward to provide a better experience for residents, tourists, and businesses.

David Hazellief, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners

(Pictured L to R:) Commissioner and 2nd Vice Chair Frank DeCarlo, Commissioner and 1st Vice Chair Bradley Goodbread, Commissioner Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman David Hazellief, and Commissioner Kelly Owens. 



The Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of Okeechobee County, as established by the Florida Constitution, and serves as the legislative branch of county government.  Okeechobee County operates under the administrative form of government.

The five commissioners must reside in the districts they represent, however, they are chosen by a county-wide vote.  The five-member Board is chosen in two cycles, staggered by two years, with District 1,  District 3, and District 5 being elected in presidential election years; and District 2 and  District 4 are elected in the intervening years. 

At the beginning of each new fiscal year, the Board conducts an annual organizational meeting held at a regular BOCC Meeting in November of each year, to elect a chairman and vice chairman to serve a one year term. 

The authorities and responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners include:

  • Adopting ordinances and resolutions to establish public policy;
  • Levying authorized taxes and fees;
  • Adopting a budget each fiscal year;
  • Appointing a chair and vice chair at the annual organizational meeting in November;
  • Providing county services and infrastructure, including determining the amount and sources of funding for each;
  • Appointing and supervising the county administrator and county attorney;
  • Approving expenditures of county funds;
  • Entering into contracts and agreements;
  • Appointing individuals to serve on various boards and commissions established by state law, or by the Board of County Commissioners.