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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


#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


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.


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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