Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. The County has 1,060 FTE positions and a $634.7 million annual budget. The County provides public safety, public health and behavioral health, community development, road construction and maintenance, elections, assessment and taxation, solid waste, social services, and operates a large fair and expo center. Indirect services that support county operations include finance, human resources, property and facilities management, internal auditing, information technology, legal counsel, and public information.
The Board of County Commissioners is the governing body and is comprised of three commissioners elected at large. To implement policy and manage the day-to-day operations of the County, the Board appoints the County Administrator.