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Berrien County — Chief Public Defender

The Berrien County Public Defender’s Office is seeking a Chief Public Defender.


  • Develops, implements, oversees and directs the Public Defender Office, the indigent defense contract system and the private counsel conflict/overflow list
  • Supervises and directs Public Defender Office staff. Attends court proceedings to monitor attorneys’ performance when necessary
  • Ensures legal representation of each client continues through to the completion of the proceedings in the court unless a reassignment is necessary
  • Monitors attorney participation in continuing legal education events and verifies that each contracted attorney maintains professional liability insurance
  • Monitors performance of all adult and juvenile indigent defense contracts
  • Develops policies and procedures to ensure Berrien County meets all constitutional and legislative requirements as they pertain to the representation of indigent adult and juvenile offenders. Maintains the standards of indigent defense as they are proposed by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission and approved by the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Develops and implements internal caseload management reporting to certify Supreme Court/SCAO standards are met.
  • Advises the County Administrator of violations of contract provisions and recurring requests for waivers from contract requirements; makes recommendations on how to remedy compliance issues

This description is intended to illustrate the type and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It may not be a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. 


  • Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate of Admittance to the State Bar of Michigan as evidence of continued good professional standing and authority to practice law throughout the state (bachelor’s degree in business management or a related field is preferred)
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of criminal defense or the equivalent, including previous supervision experience in the administration of legal services
  • Must maintain State Bar of Michigan Certificate of Admittance throughout employment with County at the County’s expense
  • May not practice law in Michigan for any other client except the Berrien County Board of Commissioners; serve as an adviser or consultant on legal matters to any other entity, public or private; or be a party to any indigent defense contract

Salary: $97,267 to $130,347; full suite of benefits

How to apply:

Download an application from the Berrien County website: Employment Application. A Berrien County application must accompany your application materials. You may submit your application by email, fax, mail or in person.


Fax: (269) 983-5788

In person or by mail:

Berrien County Administration Center
Personnel Department
701 Main St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Deadline: Open until filled

Posted: Nov. 21, 2022

Lake County — Information Technology Coordinator

Lake County (pop. 12,308) in west-central Michigan is seeking an Information Technology Coordinator.


Under the direction of the County Administrator, the IT Coordinator:

  • Exercises responsibility for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions, including the Court’s AS/400 computer system, local area network (LAN), telephone system, system back-up, responding to trouble calls, ensuring system security and restoring files as needed
  • Prepares system documentation and provides hardware and software support to County users
  • Provides technical support and service functions to ensure the operation of the County’s personal computers and related peripheral devices
  • Installs and/or removes computer equipment, software and client network software
  • Handles troubleshooting and repair of computer hardware
  • Provides support to various departments and users by troubleshooting equipment and software problems
  • Coordinates computer and related communication services with outside vendors
  • Provides leadership and direction to vendors, contractors, interns and other IT staff members


  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or a business- and technology-related field
  • Must possess or be willing to attain a Microsoft Certified Professional certification, preferably Microsoft Certified System Administrators (MCSAs)
  • Two years of practical experience in computer or electronic repair, troubleshooting, installation and/or servicing (prefer three years of Information Technology experience in the following technologies/products: Microsoft Server; AS/400 Systems; multi-line telephone systems; records management systems integration with PC technology; and GIS)
  • Any or all of the above may be substituted for commensurate experience and/or education or a combination thereof

Salary: $48,173 to $61,194; excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-term disability and life insurance; a retirement plan with a generous County contribution; paid time off and paid holidays

How to apply:

Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted to:

Lake County Administration Office
800 Tenth St., Suite 100
Baldwin, MI 49304

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.         

Deadline: Open until filled, with first reviews on Dec. 1, 2022

Posted: Nov. 17, 2022

Lapeer County Central Dispatch — Deputy Director

Central Dispatch Authority in Lapeer County (pop. 88,619) is seeking a Deputy Director for its 911 Central Dispatch communications center.


Under the general direction of the Director, this position:

  • Assists in the planning, hiring, training and evaluation of staff and operational oversight and implementation of administrative policies
  • Works with the Technical Advisory Committee to establish and maintain the operating procedures for the Central Dispatch Authority
  • Assists the Director with the monitoring of operations to ensure quality services are provided in an efficient, cost-effective, and timely manner
  • Oversees work schedules to ensure efficient operations while minimizing overtime and ensuring compliance with the collective bargaining agreements.
  • Directs staff in the performance evaluations of subordinates and the efficient use of the Quality Assurance Program and Fitness Reports
  • Develops and oversees training and probationary programs and procedures, professional development, and in-service training programs as needed
  • Receives complaints and questions regarding incidents and investigates, responds, and takes corrective action
  • Reviews complaints with recommendations for prevention with the Director
  • Assures personnel policies and practices adhere to the collective bargaining agreements.
  • Oversees the maintenance of personnel and departmental records, including payroll worksheets, personnel files, Standard Operating Procedure manuals, and employer Policy and Procedure Standards
  • Performs research, reviews, and compiles statistics; submits memos and reports; and makes policy recommendations as requested
  • Creates, directs, manages and maintains the quality assurance program.
  • Performs the functions of a Communications Specialist and Communications Shift Supervisor as needed

See the full job description at


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer sciences/information systems, public safety administration, telecommunications or other areas related to emergency services, with coursework in management and accounting AND
  • Five years of experience, including operation of computers, radio and telecommunications systems and providing knowledge of police, fire or EMS operations (prefer two years of experience in a supervisory capacity)
  • OR associate degree, preferably in computer sciences/information systems, public safety administration, telecommunications or other areas related to emergency services with coursework in management and accounting AND
  • More than seven years of progressively more responsible or expansive experience, with two or more years of experience as a Communications Shift Supervisor at Lapeer County Central Dispatch

Salary: $71,025.16; excellent benefits and MERS Defined Benefit Retirement and PEHP after vesting period

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and five professional references to:

                Lapeer County Central Dispatch
                Attn: Executive Director Satkowski
                2332 W. Genesee St.
                Lapeer, MI  48446
                or email to

Lapeer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2022, or until filled

Posted: Nov. 3, 2022

Washburn County, Wis. — County Administrative Coordinator

Washburn County, Wis., (pop. 16,752) seeks a dynamic and proven leader to succeed its current Administrative Coordinator/Human Resources Director, who is retiring. Located in northwest Wisconsin, Washburn’s seat, Shell Lake (population 1,385) is approximately 110 miles northeast of the Minneapolis metropolitan area and 80 miles north of Eau Claire, Wis. Learn more about Washburn County by visiting its website.


  • Position is appointed by and reports to a 21-member Board of Supervisors and is responsible under Section 59.19 of the Wisconsin Statutes for coordinating all administrative and management functions of county government not otherwise vested in law in boards, commissions or in other elected officers
  • Oversees a $37.6 million annual (expense) budget that supports 243 full-time, part-time and limited-term employees
  • Administers and coordinates all personnel and benefit functions of the County
  • Immediate priorities for the new Administrative Coordinator/HR Director include: maintaining quality services in light of strict statutory levy limits; attracting and retaining employees; and fostering productive relationships with other units of local government


  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related field required (master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum of five years of governmental management experience that included budgeting and personnel management required (combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered)
  • Thorough knowledge of laws and regulations governing human resources and the ability to prepare and analyze complex reports and an understanding of governmental accounting needed
  • Strong background in strategic planning and budgeting and a proven track record of success in intergovernmental relations
  • Successful candidate should be approachable, possess open and positive communication skills and have a collaborative leadership style
  • Ability to be flexible in light of changing circumstances and to foster a team approach among various stakeholders

Salary: $90,000 to $120,000 DOQE; plus excellent benefits

How to apply:

Email cover letter, including salary expectations, résumé and four professional references as a single PDF to Dave Bretl, Public Administration Associates, LLC at Include “Washburn County, WI AC Search” in the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Bretl at (414) 350-3328. Confidentiality must be requested by applicant and cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

Deadline: Dec. 2, 2022

Posted: Nov. 7, 2022

Lapeer County — Controller/Administrator

Lapeer County (population 88,619) in Michigan’s Thumb region is seeking a County Controller/Administrator with excellent leadership skills, energy, proven communication skills, experience in fostering regional and municipal relationships and experience in management, human resources, finance and economic development.


Under the general direction of the Board of Commissioners, this position:

  • Carries out directives and implements policies of the Board related to personnel and employee relations, budget and financial management, purchasing, IT/cyber security, grant funding and other areas as directed
  • Negotiates labor agreements, handles grievances and works with legal counsel on litigated matters
  • Supervises staff engaged in financial management, personnel and employee relations and provides other administrative support to the Board and departments
  • Supervises appointed department managers as assigned and serves as liaison between other agencies and the Board of Commissioners
  • Responsible for overseeing the county budget of $115,887,850 (with a general fund of $23,186,813 for 2023)

You may also find the full job description at


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or related field (master’s degree preferred)
  • Seven years of upper level administrative/supervisor experience in a local municipal government, with responsibility for budgeting, long-term financial planning, finance, accounting, personnel, human resources, purchasing and general administrative functions
  • OR any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job, public or private

Salary: $114,000 to $159,000, DOQE; excellent benefits and MERS Defined Benefit Retirement and PEHP after vesting period

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and five professional references to:

                Lapeer County Administration & Board of Commissioners
                Attn:  Doreen Clark, Assistant to Administrator
                255 Clay St., Suite 301
                Lapeer, MI  48446
                or email to

All submissions will be reviewed by the Lapeer County Board of Commissioners. Lapeer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deadline: Nov. 23, 2022, or until filled

Posted: Nov. 4, 2022

Van Buren County Road Commission — Managing Director

The Van Buren County Road Commission is seeking a Managing Director.

The commission’s road network covers 1,313 miles with an annual budget of approximately $21 million. To learn more about the Van Buren County Road Commission visit


  • Works with the Board to understand their vision and strategic policy direction
  • Assists the Board in developing and managing public policy matters
  • Oversees staff implementation of Board goals and policies
  • Directs and oversees short and long-term planning: goal setting, prioritization, funding, monitoring and reporting
  • Supervises and remains accountable for the performance of the Finance and Human Resources Director, Highway Engineer, and Operations Director and their departments
  • Reviews operating results of the Road Commission, compares with established objectives, and takes steps to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to ensure success or improvement
  • Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications throughout the organization
  • Works with legal counsel and the Finance and Human Resources Director on litigated matters
  • Works with legal counsel, the Finance and Human Resources Director and Operations Director on labor contracts
  • Works to locate and secure additional funding through federal, state and local programs
  • Represents the Road Commission at various functions
  • Collaborates and cooperates with various local, state and federal agencies concerning road commission matters

Full job description can be found at


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, civil engineering or a closely related discipline (or equivalent experience)
  • Six to eight years of experience in highway construction, engineering or management in public works, road commission or a similar organization
  • Ability to maintain residency within a 60-mile radius of Van Buren County
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations and policies and procedures relating to road commissions and road construction desired
  • Ideal candidate will be someone who wants to make a difference in our community and be part of our mission to maintain a safe and efficient road network
  • Successful candidate will enjoy time working in the office, taking part in meetings, trainings and conferences, and being out on job sites, regardless of weather or conditions
  • Successful candidate will need a good sense of humor and the ability to be productive in all roles of a team, be it a team member or team leader

Salary: $120,600.67 to $139,404.26; full range of benefits, including defined benefit pension plan

How to apply:

Submit a letter of interest and resume to Chairperson of the Board of County Road Commissioners, Van Buren County Road Commission, P.O. Box 157, Lawrence, MI 49064.

The Van Buren County Road Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deadline: Applications must reach commission’s P.O. box no later than Nov. 30, 2022

Posted: Oct. 27, 2022

Emmet County — Facilities/Operations Project Manager

Emmet County (pop. 34,225), on the shores of Lake Michigan in northwest Michigan, is seeking a Facilities/Operations Project Manager.


Under the supervision of the County Administrator or their designee, this position:

  • Manages facility, capital, infrastructure and related systems implementation project plans
  • Manages project related to facility maintenance or modification, capital acquisition, infrastructure requirements, capital asset procurement and other projects as assigned
  • Establishes project plans, including project milestones and deadlines to keep the project on track and keep the County Administrator informed
  • Scopes projects that could involve any County facilities or system, including, but not limited to, Bay Bluffs, Pellston Airport, Parks & Recreation facilities, DPW Transfer station and related equipment, the Sheriff’s Office and EMS Department


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in business administration, project management or facilities maintenance.
  • Five to seven years of progressively more responsible experience in facilities, project management and operation leadership roles
  • Two to four years of experience meeting project milestones on matrixed teams helpful

Salary: $64,265 to $72,090; full benefits package

How to apply:

To review a complete job description as well as to complete a County application including current resume, go to the Emmet County website’s career page at

Direct inquiries can be sent to

Deadline: Open until filled

Posted: Oct. 26, 2022


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