As a third class county, Wright County has three Commissioners each serving a 4 year term – Presiding Commissioner, Western District Commissioner, and Eastern District Commissioner. The Presiding Commissioner is elected by the voters across the entire county and presides over the entire county. The Western District and the Eastern District Commissioner districts are equally divided by population and preside over their respective districts. The election of the Presiding Commissioner is offset two years from the Western and Eastern District Commissioners. Wright County also has the Mountain Grove Special Road District comprised on the Mountain Grove Township. The special road district contains 60 miles of roads and is governed by its own three person elected board.
The Wright County Commission meets on Mondays and Thursdays in the County Commission room in the Courthouse in Hartville. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance. Commission meetings are open to the public and they are welcome to attend.
Commissioners also attend meetings outside the county such as the South Central Commissioner District, SCOCOG, Ozark Action, TAC, Solid Waste, Work Force Development, Missouri Association of Counties, and the County Commissioners Association of Missouri. The Commissioners are required to obtain 20 hours of training each year through their association.
Commissioners meet with many individuals throughout the county to discuss any concerns about policies, budget, road issues, and other matters of interest to the citizens of our county.
Commissioners are responsible for all county owned property and approve all expenditures.
Commissioners approves an annual budget at the beginning of each year, each elected official submits a budget request to be reviewed by the Commission before its approval. Commissioners approve the General Revenue Budget, Law Enforcement Sales Tax Budget, and Road and Bridge Budget and are held accountable by State Audits.
Commissioners appoint members to numerous other committees and boards across the county.
Commissioners consider it highly important to continuously improve the buildings, equipment, roadways and all infrastructure of the county to better serve the people of Wright County.