The Crook County Court consists of three elected officials - the county judge and two county commissioners. The judge functions as the day-to-day administrator of the county as well as the chair of the County Court. The commissioners are part-time and acting as the Court set policy for the county and represent the County in various forums.
The County Court has no judicial authority. For information about Crook County Circuit Courts, call (541) 447-6541. Although authorized by statute to preside over probate court and juvenile court, the last county judge to actually perform that function was Judge Dick Hoppes. There are 9 counties in Oregon which use the County Court structure.
The Court oversees personnel administration for approximately 200 employees within the county and supervises the operation of 23 separate departments. Some departments are headed by elected rather than appointed officials. Those departments include the offices of assessor, clerk, district attorney, sheriff, surveyor and treasurer. Departments headed by elected officials are responsible for setting and administering policy for their respective departments and do not answer to the court for the performance of their duties. They do require the consent of the Court in seeking hiring authorization and budget appropriations.
In addition to its legislative responsibilities, the Court's other primary function is to oversee the budget of Crook County. The Court administers approximately $11 million in general fund dollars as well as a $30 million road fund $2.5 million in grant funds and $4 million in other funds.
General Information and Resources
- Court Meetings and Agendas - Regular Court meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of each month, starting at 9 a.m. at the County meeting room at 320 NE Court St. Special meetings are held as needed. Meeting notices and agendas are posted in advance of each meeting on the ground floor of the County Courthouse and at the Crook County Library. Time permitting, notices are also published, usually in the legal section, in one of the county's newspapers of records: The Central Oregonian or The Bend Bulletin. Disabled persons needing special accomodations in order to participate in or attend a County Court meeting may contact the County at the above address to arrange for needed accomodation. can be made with advance notice to persons For information about upcoming meetings or to request an appearance before the Court, contact county administration at the above address. The deadline for submitting information for the court agenda is noon, Friday the week prior to the meeting. Depending on the size of the agenda, meeting agendas may be closed earlier.
- County Court Minutes
- County Court Meeting Schedule
- County Organizational Chart
- County Services Brochure & Locator Map
- Human Resources - Human Resources oversees the hiring process for county employees and provides assistance to current employees with benefits management. Current openings are posted on this page along with personnel policy manual and application forms.
- Foreclosed Property Sales - Follow this link for a list of foreclosed county properties for sale. Properties are identified by map and tax lot number. Contact the County Assessor or GIS Dept. for more information about the location of these properties. To make an offer on any county property submit a bid to county counsel at the address above. Generally, bids at or above the minimum bid will be accepted. If a purchaser wishes to make a lower bid, the bid must be accompanied by a written justification of why the propospective purchaser believes the property is overvalued. Requests to purchase property are generally processed in 1-2 weeks.
- Bid Information - Follow this link for information on Invitations to Bid and Bid Results.
- Appointments - The County Court appoints a number of boards. Most appointments are made in January. If you wish to apply for a position please download and complete the Application to Serve on a Court Appointed Board or Committee.
- Flag Status - Follow this link for information on the current flag status.