Brent Bush, County Executive
As chief executive officer of the county, the county executive exercises a role of leadership in county government. The primary duties focus on county financial management. The county executive is the general agent of the county and thus may draw warrants upon the general fund unless otherwise provided in an optional general law or county charter. The county executive has custody of county property not placed with other officers, and may also examine the accounts of county officers.
The county executive is a nonvoting ex officio member of the county legislative body and of all committees of the body, and in most counties may be elected chair of the county legislative body (a post that the county executive is not required to seek or accept). If the county executive is chair of the county legislative body, the county executive may break a tie by casting a deciding vote; otherwise, the county executive cannot vote on measures before the county legislative body. The county executive who is not chair may veto legislative resolutions of the county legislative body, but such a veto may be overridden by a majority vote of the members of the county legislative body. The county executive may call special meetings of the county legislative body.
Unless an optional general law, charter or private act provides otherwise, the county executive compiles a budget for all county departments, offices, and agencies, which is presented to the county legislative body. The amount of discretion in making budget proposals varies from county to county, and in almost all counties, the school board’s budget proposal is submitted to the county legislative body without modification. If the county operates under the 1981 Financial Management System, the county executive is a member of the financial management committee. Cannon County passed the 1981 Financial Management System in 2018 and is on it’s
If the county operates under the 1957 County Budgeting Law, the county executive is a member of the county budget committee.
The county executive is elected by popular vote at the regular August election every four years coinciding with the governor’s election, and takes office on September 1 following the election, after receiving the proper certification of election, obtaining the official bond and taking the required oath of office. Failure to take and file the proper oath and bond is a misdemeanor offense.