The county council, composed of council members, is an optional form of county government leadership in Utah. The role of the County Council is similar to that of a commissioners, except the legislative and administrative sides are divided.
A county council consist of any odd number of members, from three to nine people. They act as the legislative body and work primarily with the passing or striking down of laws for their county.
When a county adopts an optional form of county government which creates a county council, it is required by the County Code to also establish a county executive, manager, or mayor. A county executive, whether elected or appointed, performs the administrative or executive branch duties of the county.
Currently in Utah, there are six county councils and 23 county commissions. Counties with council form of government are: Cache, Grand, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, and Wasatch. Counties with commission form of government are: Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Washington, Wayne, Weber.