Government that serves
Franklin County is governed by an elected, seven-person Board of Supervisors and led by an appointed county administrator who serves as the chief administrative officer. The Town of Rocky Mount is governed by an elected seven-person Town Council, which includes the Mayor and an appointed town manager. The Town of Boones Mill is governed by an elected, six-person Town Council, which includes a mayor and an appointed Town Manager. The governing organizations work together to provide proactive solutions to community issues. Public safety, the school system, animal control, aging service, law enforcement, waste management, health and other social services fall under county jurisdiction.
The Franklin County Sheriffs Office is responsible for law enforcement throughout the county, including the major towns. It is complemented by local police departments in the towns of Rocky Mount and Boones Mill. In addition, the Sheriffs Office sponsors community service programs including drug abuse prevention, neighborhood watch, child abuse and spouse abuse prevention, and self-defense instruction.
Firefighting and fire prevention, emergency medical services and rescue, emergency management and animal control are the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety. An enhanced 9-1-1 emergency telephone system serves the entire county, and seven full-time personnel and 325 volunteers provide 24-hour response to emergency situations. A separate volunteer fire department serves the town of Rocky Mount and assists in county-wide fire protection.
A wide variety of family services are provided by the Franklin County Family Resources Center, including crisis-intervention counseling, information and referral, and financial, employment and housing counseling.
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