County Commissioner Academy

County Commissioner Academy is a professional development program for commissioners incorporating a series of events and workshops focused on the day-to-day responsibilities of a Michigan county commissioner.

In true “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” fashion, the academy integrates the numerous learning opportunities MAC has offered for years into a coherent “curriculum” for commissioners. Budgeting. Taxes. Board procedures. Managing debt. Liabilities. Public access laws. For every facet of a commissioner’s job – and we all know how plentiful those are – there will be “classes.”

CCA operates on a two-year sequence, starting after an election. Participants earn continuing education “hours” by attending designated events and workshops. “Certification” is offered at two different levels: “Certified” is reached at 10 hours over a two-year cycle, while “Advanced” is reached with 20 hours over a four-year period. “Hours” will not be limited to MAC events. Commissioners can earn credits via attendance at MSUE-sponsored events or even sessions hosted by the Treasury Department or elsewhere.

Congratulations to our first “class” of CCA graduates:
  • Mary Ellen Babcock, Huron County
  • Vaughn Begick, Bay County
  • Ed Boettcher, Antrim County
  • Joe Bonovetz, Gogebic County
  • Mike Chappell, Van Buren County
  • Toni Drier, Emmet County
  • Teri Freehling, Berrien County
  • Bryan Kolk, Newaygo County
  • Charles MacInnis, Emmet County
  • Roseann Marchetti, Cass County
  • William Miller, Oakland County

CCA-qualifying sessions


  • Annual Conference (3 credit hours)
  • MSUE Webinar on Fiscally Ready Communities (August 2021)
  • Legislative Conference: Workshop on “Diversity Practices”
  • MSUE-Treasury Webinar on Financial Practices (March 2021)
  • MSUE Webinar on Codes of Ethics (February 2021)
  • NACo High Performance Leadership Academy (year-round)


  • MSUE Budget Webinar (fall 2020)
  • NACo High Performance Leadership Academy (year-round)
  • Virtual Annual Conference: Workshop on “Cybersecurity: Threats, Prevention and Preparation”
  • Camp Counties Summer Webinar on “Planning and Winning Millage Elections in a COVID World”
  • Virtual Legislative Conference: Workshop on “Economic Development and Tax Base Growth Strategies”
  • Virtual Legislative Conference: Workshop for Board Chairs/Vice Chairs on “Leading Your Board Toward Extraordinary Governance”


  • Legislative Conference: Workshop on “Running a Better Meeting”
  • Regional Summits: Session on “Planning a Capital Improvement Program”
  • Annual Conference: Workshop on “Open Meetings Act”


  • New Commissioner School sites

CCA ‘Hours’

For more information about CCA, contact MAC Communications Director Derek Melot at or 517-372-5374.

MAC appreciates the partnership of MSU Extension in developing and operating the academy.

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