Harnett Boards & Committees
Each county is required to have a county board of social serivces to administer the county social services program. This county board has specified legal authority that is spelled out in legislation. This authority is limited because the county board must administer federally supported social services programs under federal law, federal policy that implements that law, and state law, which provides for meeting the federal requirement that certain portions of the program be administered uniformly throughout the state. Further, county policy decisions must also conform with state-level policy decisions of the Social Services Commission.
last Tuesday of each month
Division of Social Services, Upstairs board room
Board members may serve not more than two consecutive terms. In practice, they sometimes serve for six years, go off the board for a year or more, and are reappointed because of their experience, knowledge, and interest. The term of a county commissioner who is serving on the county social services board does not automatically expire with the end of his term as commissioner. He is entitled to serve as a social services board member for the full term to which he was appointed.
The Social Services Commission appoints two members; two members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners, and these four select the fifth member. If the state-appointed members and the county-appointed members cannot agree on the selection of the fifth member, the appointment is made by the Resident Superior Court Judge.