Columbia County is governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners. One commissioner is elected from each of the county's 4 districts, and the chairman is elected county-wide. Each commissioner chairs one service committee and is vice chairman of another. The service committees are Public Works, Planning and Engineering, Community and Emergency, and Management and Financial.
The commissioners meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6PM in the auditorium of Building A at the Evans Government Center, with the exception of the first meeting of each quarter, which is held at the Courthouse in Appling.
Cities in the County
There are only two incorporated cities in the county: Grovetown and Harlem, with Grovetown being the largest. Appling, the county seat, was one of 187 inactive municipalities which lost their charters in 1995 as a result of a 1993 Act of the General Assembly.