Q If a citizen files a formal complaint against the Board of Supervisors, does that citizen have a right to receive a written response, and can the Board of Supervisors delegate the authority to investigate the complaints to the county administrator?

A Considering the absence of any state law to the contrary, a board has the authority to establish its own policy concerning the investigation and response to a citizenís complaint, including the authority of the county administrator to investigate. There is no general provision in the code establishing the procedure for a Board of Supervisors to respond to a citizen complaint in writing or otherwise. According to Section 19-4-7, the Board of Supervisors may delegate and assign to the county administrator receiving and investigating inquiries and complaints from citizens of the county as to the operation of county government. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Slover, January 29, 2016)