While the district council, as the highest body of the district directly elected by the residents, has to make the important fundamental decisions, it is up to the district committee to organize the day-to-day administration. The district committee is the heart of the administration. It is here that all important issues are discussed and decided - insofar as they are not reserved for the county council or the district administrator. The individual specialist services, municipal enterprises and organizations work in the name of and on behalf of the district committee.
The county committee participates in the management of the county (management body), participates in the implementation of administrative business (administrative body) and helps to reduce the clashes of interests existing between the different parts of the county (balancing body). The complicated nature of the legislation and the confidential nature of the deliberations require a body that is as free as possible from partisan political influences to conduct expert deliberations and make decisions. This function can only be fulfilled by a small circle of personalities who meet several times a month, who are able to think in contexts and recognize overriding political points of view. All these prerequisites can be found in the district committee.
Composition and formation
In the district of Waldeck-Frankenberg, the district committee consists of the district administrator, the first district councilor and 10 honorary district councilors. All members have equal rights in the deliberations and votes within this body. The district administrator is the chairman of the district committee. In the event of a tie, his vote shall be decisive. The number of county council members has been determined in the county's bylaws. It also determines which posts are to be administered on a full-time basis and which posts are to be administered on an honorary basis.
Apart from the district administrator, the members of the district committee are elected by the district council: A full-time First District Deputy for a period of 6 years and the honorary district deputies for the duration of the election period, i.e. for five years. Since the honorary county councilors are elected according to the principles of proportional representation, the political composition of the county committee is roughly comparable to that of the county council. In this respect, the county committee is a smaller mirror image of the county council.
Within the scope of its administrative activities, the district committee is responsible, among other things, for the day-to-day administration of the district in accordance with the resolutions of the Keistag within the limits of the funds made available, for implementing laws, ordinances and directives issued by the supervisory authorities, and for preparing and implementing the resolutions of the district council. Other duties include the administration of public institutions, commercial enterprises and other district assets, the preparation of the budget and the investment program, the supervision of cash management and accounting, the representation of the district, the conduct of correspondence and the execution of district deeds.
The County Committee makes its decisions in meetings that are not open to the public. The sheer volume of tasks to be decided upon makes it necessary for the District Committee to meet for a session lasting several hours as a rule every week. Its decisions are based on documents prepared by the responsible offices. Current administrative matters are handled independently by the district administrator and the department heads, unless the district committee as a whole is called upon to make decisions due to the fundamental importance of the matter or on the basis of statutory provisions.
Members of the county committee
The county may form commissions for permanent administration, supervision of individual business areas, or to carry out temporary assignments.
Advisory boards serve to provide professional support to the administration. They are staffed on a voluntary basis and perform valuable work in their respective areas of expertise.