York County is comprised of the geographic
area that includes the following 29 municipalities: Acton, Alfred,
Arundel, Berwick, Biddeford, Buxton, Cornish, Dayton, Eliot, Hollis,
Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lebanon, Limerick, Limington, Lyman,
Newfield, North Berwick, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Parsonsfield,
Saco, Sanford, Shapleigh, South Berwick, Waterboro, Wells, and York.
York County has
been a government in continuous existence since 1636. Five County
Commissioners elected by voters are the policy-making body of the
county, and a professional county manager manages 200+ employees and an
annual budget of $18,246,501. York County has a population of over
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 989 square miles.
Among all counties in the United States, York County ranks among the
largest in terms of geographic size.
York County's governance structure is
Commission-Manager. There are five County Commissioners that are elected
by popular vote in each of five districts. In addition, there are six
positions elected county-wide: District Attorney, Sheriff, Judge of
Probate, Registrar of Probate, Registrar of Deeds and Treasurer.
The County's jurisdiction and
responsibilities include a 250-bed Jail, two of the largest Registries
of Probate and Deeds in New England, the District Attorney's Office, a
county and Federally-funded Domestic Violence Program. York County
provides law enforcement for 14 of its 29 municipalities and Emergency
Management for the entire County.