The present Monroe County Courthouse was dedicated on July 4, 1908. The Courthouse is located in the center of downtown Bloomington which is the county seat. This historic structure is surrounded by an Award Winning Garden, immense native trees, and numerous dedicated monuments in a park-like setting. Notably, the weathervane features a fish and several monuments adorn the lawn, including not only war memorials, but also a peace memorial.
The Monroe County Board of Commissioners is made up of three individuals, elected by the county population. The Commissioners have a wide range of executive and administrative authority. There are several County Departments that are directly or indirectly under the authority of the Monroe County Commissioners. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners meets bi-weekly to approve payroll and claims, receive reports, sign resolutions and to receive legislation.
The Monroe County Council is made up of seven elected members; four that represent districts of the county and three who serve the county at large. The council is responsible for the appropriation of all funds for county use, adopts county budget, fixes county tax rate, and has exclusive power to borrow money for the county.
City of Bloomington
The City of Bloomington Common Council is composed of nine members who are elected by the voters of the City to represent them over a four year term. Six of the members represent individual districts and three of the members serve the City at-large. As the legislative body of the City, the Council is responsible for passing ordinances, resolutions, orders, and motions for the governing of the city, the control of the city's property and finances, and the appropriation of money. These actions are taken at public meetings which are generally held on the first four Wednesdays of the month in the Council Chambers of the Showers City Hall. The current mayor of Bloomington is John Hamilton.
Town of Ellettsville
Ellettsville is located just west of Bloomington on Indiana Highway 46. The town government consists of the Town Council, Clerk-Treasurer as well as Street, Utilities, Police, and Fire Departments. The five-member Town Council and Clerk-Treasurer oversee the administrative and financial functions of the town government.
Town of Stinesville
The Town of Stinesville is located approximately 11 miles northwest of Bloomington in an area that was once home to a thriving limestone industry. The Town Board is made up of three members and the Town Clerk/Treasurer. For more information about the Town of Stinesville, call (812) 876-8303.