Seven county commissioners will soon move their public service from the courthouse to the Statehouse, thanks to decisions of Michigan voters Tuesday night.
The representatives-elect are:
Grand Traverse County Commissioner Larry Inman will represent the 104th District.
Kalamazoo County Commissioner Dave Maturen will represent the 63rd District.
Kalamazoo County Commissioner Brandt Iden will represent the 61st District.
Monroe County Commissioner Jason M. Sheppard will represent the 56th District.
Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad will represent the 44th District.
Oakland County Commissioner Kathy Crawford will represent the 38th District.
Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox will represent the 19th District.
All seven will serve in the now-enlarged ranks of the Republican caucus in the Michigan House of Representatives. MAC looks forward to working with them on key state policy issues affecting counties,
ranging from unfunded mandates to sentencing guidelines to transportation reform.
Six counties — Eaton, Mecosta, Oakland, Oceana, Ottawa and St. Clair — are among local governments landing funds via the “Competitive Grant Assistance Program” for work they are doing on “mergers, consolidations, interlocal agreements and cooperative efforts,” the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.
All together, the six counties will receive about $4.5 million.
Oakland will receive the lion’s share of that sum, $3.8 million for “collaboration by three counties to form the Great Lakes Water Authority” to fix and upgrade the Detroit water system.
The amounts and purposes for the other awards are:
- Eaton, $10,0001, for collaboration by area communities to determine the feasibility of shared recycling services.
- Mecosta, $601,641, for consolidation of morgue services with Newaygo County.
- Oceana, $13,750, for collaboration by area communities to determine the feasibility of shared fire services.
- Ottawa, $31,588, for consolidation of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office with the Village of Spring Lake/City of Ferrysburg Police Department.
- St. Clair, $10,500, for collaboration with Sanilac County to determine the feasibility of shared public health services.
For more information on the program, visit its official Web page.
The State of Michigan has more than 200 panels and boards that advise and help lead efforts ranging from accountancy and architecture to soybeans and historic preservation.
With so many initiatives, it’s no surprise then that the state always is on the hunt for able, civic-minded individuals to serve. The governor’s Appointments Division maintains a handy website with an application link for interested citizens.
In the online application form, you may select up to three panels of interest, and the application process will require a resume and basic background information.
Help Michigan and apply today.