Poolesville Commissioner Candidate Petitions are Now Available

Anyone interested in becoming a Poolesville Commissioner is able to pick up an official application. The position is similar to city council in other areas.

Candidates must be qualified registered voters for the Town of Poolesville, 21 years of age or older, and have resided within the corporate limits of the Town of Poolesville for at least 6 months prior to the election. Stop by Town Hall to pick up your official application, and have it signed by a minimum of 25 residents who are qualified registered voters of the Town of Poolesville. Applications along with a completed Financial Disclosure Form and $10.00 fee must be returned to Town Hall no later than September 27 at 4 pm.

The Town of Poolesville is a commission form of government, as defined in the Town Charter, consisting of five unpaid elected Commissioners. The Commissioners are all voted at-large. All Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms.

The five elected Commissioners choose a president and a vice president. The president of the Commissioners, or the vice president in case of the absence of the president, is the head of the Town government with the duties and responsibilities specified in the charter.


The Commissioners are elected representatives of the Town and have many statutory duties including, but not limited too:

  • Adopting ordinances, resolutions, policies, entering into contracts
  • Approving and adopting the city’s financial operations with the advice of staff including:
    • Adopting a budget
    • Borrowing money
    • Designating depositories
    • Levying taxes
  • Appointing members to the various Boards and Commissions
  • Plan for the future of the Town through development and adopting a Master Plan for growth
  • Provide community leadership
  • Acts as the Economic Development Authority and has specific powers and duties

The Commissioners have many other responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Actions at law
  • Buildings
  • Parks
  • Sewer
  • Streets
  • Water

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