Fairfax County operates under the urban county executive form of government, an optional form of Virginia county government.
The powers of government are vested in an elected Board of Supervisorsconsisting of nine members elected by district, plus a Chairman elected at large. Board members are elected for four-year terms. There is no legal limit to the number of terms a member can serve. The next scheduled Board election will take place in November 2019, with Board members taking office in January 2020.
The Board appoints the county executive, who is the administrative head of the county government and is responsible for the administration of all of the affairs of the county which the Board has authority to control.
The County Executive's Office focuses on strategic planning, ensuring and valuing excellence in public service, fostering partnerships with our residents and community leaders, preparing the annual budget and executing all resolutions and orders of our elected Board of Supervisors.