DeSoto County is governed by five elected District Supervisors. Supervisors are elected to four-year terms by citizens in their district. While each Supervisor represents his or her district, all the members are expected to look after the good of DeSoto County as a whole.
County supervisors provide leadership over critical policy areas, including policies necessary to ensure safe communities, construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, protect public health, promote economic development, and plan and manage land use for sustainable development. Supervisors also provide important oversight of county operations, including managing strategies to promote sound fiscal management and to develop a high-quality county government workforce.
Adopt an annual budget
Establish the annual property tax rate
Set policies, goals, and objectives to direct the County's growth and development
Adopt and provide for ordinances, rules, and regulations as necessary for the general welfare of the County
Carry out other responsibilities set forth by Mississippi State statutes
At the beginning of each year, the Board chooses from its members a president and a vice president to serve during the following year. The president presides at Board meetings and signs documents in the name of the county. The vice president substitutes when the president is absent.