Board of Commissioners


L to R ~ Back Row: Commissioner Doroh, Commissioner Hanson, Commissioner Peat
Front: Commissioner Chappell, Commissioner Schincariol, Commissioner Godfrey, Commissioner Patterson-Gladney
(photo taken by S & L Photographic Expressions)

The Board of Commissioners are an elected legislative body of the County. There are seven (7) Commissioners elected from each of the County's districts. Following the decennial census, an apportionment commission meets and reapportions the County into districts of approximately the same population size.

Commissioner District Map (PDF)

Board Meetings

The Board of Commissioners meet twice per month to take action on agenda items. Their primary job is to adopt an annual budget, policies, and ordinances to govern the County and its activities.

On March 8, 2022, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a new meeting structure and schedule.  Please see the 2022 Board & Committee Meeting Schedule (PDF) and Agenda Item Flow Chart (PDF)  

 To summarize the changes that begin on 4/12:

  • Sub-Committee meetings have been eliminated.  
  • Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings will start at 1:00 p.m., the Committee of the Whole (COW) will start immediately after the BOC meeting.
  • All agenda items must start at Committee of the Whole (COW) unless it is an emergency / expedited request scenario.  Once approved at COW, it will be placed on the BOC agenda 2 weeks later for final approval.
  • Emergency / Expedited items will be placed directly on the BOC agenda.
  • Board meetings are held on the 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month. 
  • The deadline to submit items for a board meeting is 12:00 p.m. on the Monday that is 8 days before the next board meeting.

The public may attend Board Meetings by any of the following ways:

Board of Commissioners Chambers
219 E. Paw Paw Street - Second Floor
Paw Paw, MI  49079

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