County Governor and County Leadership 

County Governor Lars Bäckström. Photo: Anders Wejrot
County Governor Lars Bäckström. Photo: Anders Wejrot

The County Governor is the County Administrative Board's chief officer and is appointed directly by the Government. The Executive Committee of the County Administrative Board is composed of the County Governor along with a Deputy County Governor.

The County Governor  

The County Governor is the Government's representative in the county and is often designated a six-year appointment. The appointment can be extended if the person has reached retirement age. An important role of the County Governor is to coordinate government activities in the county, and he/she must also comply with the county's permits and inform the government of the county's needs. County Governors were introduced in Sweden in 1634, when Axel Oxenstierna divided the country into royal areas (counties).

Deputy County Governor

In Stockholm, Skåne and Västra Götaland County there is a Deputy County Governor and in the other counties, a County Director who manages the daily work of the County Administrative Board. They also serve as the County Governor's main co-worker and Deputy when he/she is not in service or is unavailable. The County Director or Deputy County Governor is appointed by the government, in accordance with the standard recruitment procedure.