The County Council
The County Council represents the residents and is thus the governing body of the Ortenau County.
It lays down the principles for the administration of the County and decides on all matters concerning the County unless County Commissioner Frank Scherer is responsible in law or if the County Council transfers certain matters to him. The County Council can form committees with decision-making powers for certain areas of responsibility. In the Ortenau County, these are the Management Committee, the Environmental and Technical Committee, the Cultural and Education Committee, the Hospital Committee, the Social Affairs Committee and the Youth Welfare Committee. These bodies conduct initial investigations on matters for the County Council and decide on those issues that have been referred to them by the County Council for their final decision.
County Commissioner Frank Scherer is the chairman of the County Council and its committees. He convenes the Council meetings in writing no later than one week before the day of the meeting and advises the members of the agenda; this must be accompanied by the necessary documents unless the public interest or legitimate interests of individual parties require otherwise. The meetings of the County Council are essentially open to the public but may be held in private if the public interest or legitimate interests of individual parties require otherwise. The County Council passes resolutions by vote.