Powers and functions of a governor in a county government in Kenya

Powers and functions of a governor in a county government in Kenya

The Governor is the chief executive officer of the county. The Executive Branch of government, headed by the Governor, includes executive departments and advisory boards.




Powers and functions of a governor in a county government in Kenya
  • The Governor is the Chairman of county executive committee.
  • he/ she is in charge of implementing , within the county, national legislation to the extent that the legislation so requires;
  • He ensures, through the county executive committee, the implementation of county legislation.
  • He manages and coordinates the functions of the county administration and its departments.
  • He provides the county assembly with full and regular reports on matters relating to the county.




  • He appoints with the approval of the assembly members, members to the county executive committee.
  • He ensures that Members of a county executive committee perform their functions and exercise of their powers fully.
  • He handles on behalf of the county, all external affairs with other counties in consultation with the central government. (Excluding any which have been delegated to cabinet secretaries.).
  • The Governor prepares and submits a budget of the county for the following fiscal year.
  • He sets the terms and conditions of service of persons holding or acting in public offices in the county.




  • By virtue of his office, the Governor serves on certain boards and special commissions in the county. The Governor chairs the Board of Public Works.

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