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Robert Hickey, "Honor & Respect"

How to Address a County Executive

How to Address a County Executive

#1) In some jurisdictions the county executive is elected in a general election by the citizens. This official is addressed as:
———–The Honorable (Full Name)
———–County Executive
———–XYZ County

———–(Address)

#2) In other jurisdictions, an official with the same title might be appointed/hired by the county board/county council.  Appointed county officials are not the Honorable (Full name).  They are simply:
———–Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
———–County Executive
———–XYZ County

———–(Address)

So – you will have to find out how your particular county executive got into office!

Use the same formula (without the street address. of course) in a formal introduction:  (Honorific) (Name) + (Office Held)

In conversation, an informal one-on-one introduction, and a salutation both elected and appointed county executives are addressed as Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)  – use whatever honorific to which they are normally entitled.  County Executive is not formally used as an honorific in front of a name in writing.  Although someone might say (oral reference), “County Executive (Surname) will be here in five minutes” – that’s not a form of address. It is referring to an official in the third person so the listener understands the situation who and what.

— Robert Hickey     How to Address a County Executive    How to Address a County Executive

Robert Hickey, "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms of Address on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

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Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – but leave out your name and change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey, "Honor & Respect"

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