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.
DeSoto County Supervisors have full authority over roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of DeSoto County, county law enforcement, collections, fines, and levying taxes. The board is responsible for establishing policy for the complex multi-million-dollar budgets of county government.
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.