County Commissioner Academy

County Commissioner Academy is a new initiative to enhance professional development for commissioners via 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 via attendance at MSUE-sponsored events or even sessions hosted by the Treasury Department or elsewhere.

CCA-qualifying sessions


  • Legislative Conference: Workshop on “Economic Development and Tax Base Growth Strategies”
  • 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’

  • New Commissioner School (Nov.-Dec. of even-numbered years) = 5 Hours
  • One-hour workshop at a MAC conference or Regional Summit = 1 Hour
  • Three-hour standalone MSUE event (fall of odd-numbered years) = 3 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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