The Lake County Board is made up of 21 elected members who serve either a four year or two year term and represent the citizens who reside in each member’s district. The County seat is in Waukegan. The Board serves as the legislative body of county government, which is made up of 2,800 employees. The County Board approves a budget annually and allocates funding to more than 30 departments and divisions that provide a wide range of services from water and sewage treatment and law enforcement to health care and criminal justice, to name a few. There are also eight independently elected officials responsible for their respective departments.