Michigan’s corps of county commissioners will greet 160 new members* come January, based on a preliminary review of unofficial results from Tuesday’s General Election. (*Updated 11-10-16)
The newcomers represent 26 percent* of the state’s 622 county commissioner seats.
Based on MAC reviews, turnover rates in county commissioner seats range between 20 percent and 25 percent in any given election. Commissioners serve two-year terms.
Among the notable changes stemming from Tuesday’s vote and earlier primary results from August:
- Emmet County will welcome six new members to its seven-member board.
- Lake County in west-central Michigan will have five new members on its seven-member board.
- Branch County in south-central Michigan will have three newcomers on its five-member board.
As the statewide association that represents county governments in Michigan, MAC is gearing up for a series of “New Commissioner Schools,” in partnership with MSU Extension, to give newcomers an intensive look at their responsibilities.
“New commissioners don’t have a great deal of time to prep before their county responsibilities fall on them in January,” explained Tim McGuire, long-time MAC executive director, who will be leaving at the end of 2016. “These programs play an essential role in aiding public servants.”