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Jackson County as a whole is governed by three elected county commissioners, who are joined by a host of other countywide office holders in governing the general affairs of the county.

Both the cities of Jackson and Wellston are governed by strong mayor/service director administrations, with an eight-member city council that includes a non-voting president.

Jackson County has more than 50 full-time law enforcement officers, between the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the police departments of Jackson, Wellston, Oak Hill and Coalton.

Fire departments exist in the cities of Jackson, Wellston and village of Coalton, with the townships covered in part by fire departments in Scioto, Liberty, Madison-Jefferson (which serves Oak Hill), Bloomfield and Hamilton townships.

Emergency ambulance service is provided by the multi-county Southeastern Ohio Emergency Medical Services.

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