Washington County Administrator



Misty Peterson

Second Floor of Courthouse
150 Ash Avenue
Akron, CO 80720
Phone:  (970)345-2701 x 275
Fax:  (970)514-7710

Email: mpeterson@co.washington.co.us

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM (excluding holidays)




The county administrator provides executive-level support to the Board of County Commissioners. The county administrator’s duties include implementing the policies and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county.

The administrator responds to citizen inquiries and schedules work sessions for the board of county commissioners.

The County Administrator's role is to:


  • Attend all Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meetings
  • Bring recommendations to the BOCC regarding positions under BOCC authority
  • Coordinate county programs and functions
  • Prepare supporting information for BOCC decisions
  • Prepare preliminary county budget for BOCC consideration
  • Execute and insure compliance with the adopted budget
  • Insure maintenance and repair of County property
  • Act as the County purchasing authority, reviewing purchases
  • Enforce County personnel policies
  • Assist departments in developing organization procedures, techniques, and record management programs as needed
  • Prepare reports for the BOCC regarding County operations and prepare plans for future programs for BOCC consideration
  • Assist BOCC chair in the preparation of the agenda
  • Perform other duties as may be lawfully delegated to her

Responsibilities and Services:


  • Analyze budget variances
  • Compile information in preparation of the county's Capital Improvement Plan
  • Conduct special analysis and studies as requested by the Board of County Commissioners
  • Ensure compliance with Colorado budget laws and revenue and spending limitations
  • Forecasting revenues and expenditures
  • Prepare the county's annual budget
  • Provide clear and complete information to the public regarding each year's budget
  • Provide financial information to the commissioners and elected officials
  • Provide HR support