As the Board of County Commissioners, we are committed to providing responsive and effective leadership by supporting open, transparent and accountable government.
We believe that open and transparent government requires that county government business should be open to effective public review. This includes access to information as well as the knowledge of the ability to participate in public discussion.
In keeping with the county’s reform plan adopted in May 2011, the new Adams County Transparency Portal on the county’s website was developed to bring better visibility, openness and accountability to the taxpayers of Adams County. The portal contains information ranging from budgets to contracts to finance reports.
Adams County Board of Commissioners
Charles "Chaz" Tedesco, Eva J. Henry and Erik Hansen
We are proud to announce that Adams County received the Sunshine Award, earning a perfect score for government transparency on the county website. , a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. released the names of the winners of the third annual Sunny Awards on March 8, 2011. We are honored to receive the Sunny Award and will continue to expand the online transparency portal to ensure our citizens have a full picture of the county’s finances. Sunshine Review
We welcome your ideas and comments about Open Adams and the Transparency Portal. Email us at
Commissioner Eva J. Henry, Commissioner Charles "Chaz" Tedesco, Commissioner Erik Hansen
The Adams County Board of County Commissioners is committed to diligent management of county finances in order to ensure the county’s long-term financial health and provision of essential public services. The Board is committed to ensuring Adams County provides services to all county citizens, taxpayers and communities in an effective and cost efficient manner.
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The Board of County Commissioners encourages community involvement in local government and, as such, requires an open, public process in which the business of the public is accomplished in public and posted for public review. Land use decisions are no exception.
Following are links to the online resources related to land use applications and other land use decisions.
The Board of County Commissioners believes in open and transparent government and requires that the business of county government should be open to effective public review. This includes access to information as well as the knowledge of the ability to participate in public. Following are the various online sources through which citizens and taxpayers may learn more about where the business of county government is being conducted in a public forum:
The Board of County Commissioners recognizes that to fully represent Adams County’s interests during state and national-level policy debates on issues that impact local government, there must be a level of participation in Denver and in Washington, D.C. As such the county has retained a contract lobbyist to help represent the county's interests in economic development, natural resources, human services, public lands, transportation and public safety. Johnson Consulting has been retained as the county's state lobbyists for the 2012 legislative session. Marshall Brachman has been retained as the county’s lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
By state law, all those who lobby on behalf of Adams County must file income and expenditures reports with the
Secretary of State
Adams County is a member of the
National Association of Counties (NACo)
, the only national organization that represents county governments before the Administration and Congress.
Adams County is also a member of
Colorado Counties, Inc.
, the state association representing Colorado counties at the state capitol.
Johnson Consulting Contract
Marshall Brachman Contract
2011 Membership Dues
What is Open Adams?
Open Adams is a way to collaborate, communicate, and improve government standards in Adams County. We are proud to serve the residents of Adams County and deliver expected services through the wise, judicious, and ethical use of Adams County resources and taxes; and by improving accountability, best practice, integrity and transparency of government and its processes for all Adams County.
The Board of Commissioners adopted seven reform resolutions in public hearing on May 25, 2011. These resolutions are designed to eliminate waste and prevent corruption. Reform Resolutions
Legal Action Regarding Quality Paving
Acquisition of Property
Public Opinion Survey
Resolving Ethics Complaints
Rules of Engagement
Strategic Reform Plan
There are five areas or themes which are integral to the success of Open Adams and the Open Adams web portal:
Performance Management / Report Card
Policy / Procedure / Workflow
Mission, Vision, Values and Goals
The Adams County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in public hearing on Jan. 18, 2012, adopting the new Adams County Mission, Vision, Values and Goals as the framework by which the county operates and delivers services to the taxpayers and residents of Adams County.