County Commissioners


The Wayne County Commissioners hold weekly Work sessions on Tuesday of each week  at 10:30 a.m.  These are discussion meetings on topics needing decisions or approvals as well as a time to receive information.  

A business meeting is held each Thursday at 10:30 a.m.  

All meetings are held in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Court House Annex, Honesdale. Both sessions are open to the public.  

To schedule a time to appear on an agenda for either the work session or business meeting,  contact Vicky J Botjer, Chief Clerk at 570-253-5970 ext. 4050 or

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Brian W. Smith, Chairman

Brian W. Smith

Wendell R. Kay

Wendell R. Kay

Joseph W. Adams

Joseph W. Adams

About the Commissioners

Wayne County is governed by a board of three county commissioners elected every four years by the voters. The Board of Commissioners oversees the entire operation of the county and represents the best interests of the citizens. Counties are required by law to provide certain services to their citizens. Each county performs a wide range of different functions including community development and environmental planning, overseeing elections and providing a wide array of human services. The Commissioners are also responsible for administering the budget for the Court of Common Pleas and the magisterial district courts and protecting public health and safety. To fund all these important programs, counties rely on taxes based on the value of real estate in the community. Real estate includes the buildings and land associated with homes and businesses.

The Commissioners’ Office also serves as the county’s Business Office. Invoices for the general fund, liquid fuels, 911 and other funds are processed and paid through that office. Payroll checks, human resource records, workers compensation reporting, health benefits and other related employee issues  are also handled by this office. The Commissioners’ Office oversees retirement fund enrollment, real estate tax collector reports and postings, record keeping and benefit check processing along with insurance coverage, claims and other insurance related matters. All general fund accounting, reporting, liquid fuels reporting and budget management are handled by John Haggarty, who also works directly with the treasurer’s office to track revenues and expenses of the county.

Wayne County Commissioner Joseph Adams, second from right, accompanied by IT Department Director Dennis Ford, right, offered testimony at a House Republican Policy Committee hearing regarding the challenges to expanding broadband internet into under-served rural areas. It was held at Susquehanna Career & Technical Center at Elk Lake High School on Thursday, April 5.

Access to both personal and business-class broadband throughout Wayne County has been identified as a key component of economic stability and future growth. The Wayne County Commissioners, WEDCO and dedicated members of Wayne Tomorrow! have been meeting as a Technology committee for several years to address the issues that currently exist and provide both short and long-term solutions .