History

The County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia (CCAWV) was formed in the late 1950's. It began as an association of Commissioners from across the state with officers, a board of directors, and numerous committees. In 1990, the CCAWV hired its first full-time Legislative Coordinator/Director, to organize, administrate, and attend to the needs of the County Commissioners' Association.  We are located at 2007 Quarrier Street, just a short walk to the Capitol. 

Mission

The mission of the County Commissioners' Association of WV is to "maintain a statewide agency for the purpose of promoting the interest and general welfare of local county government through a variety of communication tools; to represent county government before the West Virginia Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government; to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services; and to facilitate the exchange of problems, ideas and solutions among county officials." As stated in its constitution, CCAWV serves a three-pronged purpose: To represent, to educate, and to facilitate communications amongst its members.

Representation

During the legislative session the County Commissioners' Association is responsible for tracking and reporting on numerous bills affecting county government. Other services include bill research, bill drafting; lobbying; Legislative Alert notifications; and Legislative summaries. 

Education

Many of our educational programs are arranged by the Association in cooperation with various entities include other associations and state and local government agencies. We offer the following: 

  • County Commissioners' Continuing Educational Training Series
  • WVU Community Leadership Academy 
  • Annual Regional Roundtables
  • Training for "Newly Elected" Commissioners
  • Year round training and workshops on county related topics

Communication

The association serves as a hub for distributing information among membership as well as to affiliate & associate organizations. We operate an email listserv to facilitate communication amongst members; maintain a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the following publications: 

  • Commissioners' Corner (quarterly newsletter)
  • County Commissioners' Handbook & Updates
  • CCAWV Annual Report
  • Legislative Alerts, Updates and Summaries
  • Press Releases
  • Association Wide ListServ
  • Website

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