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Board Members and Current Board Openings

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners is seeking St. Joseph County residents interested in serving on county advisory boards and commissions. Applicants may download and fill out the Citizen's Interest Form PDF (PDF - 46 KB) and send it to the County Administrator's Office. Questions may be directed to the County Administrator's Office at (269) 467-5617.

The following boards and commissions have open citizen positions:
* Board of Public Works
* Solid Waste Management Planning Committee

Please Note: Not all county boards and commissions have citizen members. Special qualifications are required of citizen members for some boards and commissions.

Current Advisory Board Members PDF (PDF - 24 KB)

 

Agencies, Boards & Commissions

 

* Agricultural Preservation Board
The St. Joseph County Agricultural Preservation Board is responsible for overseeing the County's Farmland Preservation Program. The purpose of the program is to protect farmland in order to maintain a long-term business environment for agriculture in the county, preserve the rural character and scenic attributes of the county, enhance important environmental benefits, and maintain the quality of life of county residents. Specific responsibilities of the board include reviewing and providing oversight in scoring applications to the program according to the adopted selection criteria, approving restrictions and permitted uses under agricultural conservation easements, and establishing monitoring procedures to ensure compliance with agricultural conservation easements.

Contact Person: Linda Towles
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5522

Meeting Location and Time:
MSU Extension
612 East Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032
1:00 pm

Meeting Dates:
Second Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm.

 

* Board of Public Works
The Board of Public Works assists local jurisdictions to secure low rate bonds for water or sewer improvements. The Board of Public Works consists of seven board members appointed by the Board of Commissioners for a term of three years.

Contact Person: Lisa Borgert
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5576

Meeting Location and Time:
Parks and Recreation Building
602 E. Main
Centreville, MI 49032
4:30 pm

Meeting Dates (2014):
April 8 October 14
July 8 January 13, 2015


* Central Dispatch Policy Board
The St. Joseph County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch Policy Board is made up of 9 members from the Law Enforcement, Fire, and Medical Community and a Citizen member. The County Administrator and Director serve as ex-official members. This board provides direction and oversight to the Director and sets recommended policy and budget. All meetings are open to the public. Please call (269) 467- 4195 if special accommodations are requested.

Contact Person: Jonathan Uribe
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-4195
Central Dispatch Webpage

Meeting Location and Time:
Central Dispatch
620 E. Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032
8:30 am

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 14 July 8
April 8 October 14


* Commission on Aging
The Commission on Aging (COA) provides services to County residents age 60 and older and their families. Services include hot meals at Senior centers and participating restaurants, senior activities, art classes, wellness classes and other education opportunities, reduced fare bus tickets, escorted transportation to medical appointments, meals delivered to the home bound, light housekeeping, personal care assistance, respite care, minor home repair, yard work, information and referral, Medicare/Medicaid assistance, prescription assistance, caregiver support services advocacy and the Senior Action Newsletter.

Contact Person: Lynn Coursey
Contact Phone Number: (269) 279-8083
Commission on Aging Website (External Website)

Meeting Location and Time:
Commission on Aging
103 S. Douglas
Three Rivers, MI 49093
1:30 pm

Meeting Dates:
Third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm. Some dates may change due to holidays.

 

* Community Corrections Advisory Board
The Community Corrections Advisory Board reviews topics related to new or changing issues in corrections. The primary mission of the CCAB is to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs that provide alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders in order to reduce jail and prison overcrowding.

Contact Person: Nancy Pick
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5606

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County Courthouse
Courts Building Lower Level Conference Room
125 W. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032
12:00 pm

Meeting Dates:
Third Wednesday of each month.

 

* Community Health Agency Board of Health
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County Board of Health is responsible for the execution of duties set forth in Michigan Act 368 of 1978, commonly known as the Public Health Code. The mission of the Community Health Agency is to provide quality and accessible local public health services with fiscal responsibility.

Contact Person: Steve Todd
Contact Phone Number: (517) 279-9561

Meeting Location and Time:

Coldwater Location:
Community Health Agency
570 Marshall Road
Coldwater MI, 49036
9:00 am

Hillsdale Location:
Community Health Agency
20 Care Drive
Hillsdale, MI 49042
9:00 am

Three Rivers Location
Community Health Agency
1110 Hill Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 23 - Coldwater May 22 - Coldwater September 25 - Coldwater
February 27 - Coldwater June 26 - Hillsdale October 23 - Coldwater
March 27 - Coldwater July 24 - Three Rivers December 11 - Coldwater
April 24 - Coldwater August 28 - Coldwater January 22, 2015 - Coldwater


* Community Mental Health Board and Substance Abuse Services
Community Mental Health is a comprehensive mental healthcare agency service children, adults and individuals, with developmental disabilities. As the public mental health authority for St. Joseph County, CMH provides counseling, family preservation, consultation, day programs, case management, residential and respite care, screening and assessment, and referral to impatient critical care. A 24-hour emergency services response 1-800-622-3967 provides urgent care. Fees are based on ability to pay with all insurances accepted.

Contact Person: Liz O'Dell
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-1000

Meeting Location and Time:
Community Mental Health Counseling Center
677 East Main Street, Suite A
Centreville, MI 49032
5:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted)

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 28 May 27 September 30
February 25 (5:00 PM) June 24 October 21 (6:00 pm)
March 25 July 29 November 25
April 29 August 26 December 23 (6:00 pm)

 

 

* Comprehensive Traffic Safety Commission

Contact Person: Sandy Wagner
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-7454

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department
650 East Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032

Meeting Dates:
As Needed

 

* Department of Human Services (Formally FIA) Board
The Department of Human Services administers a variety of income maintenance and social service programs, which are State and State/Federal funded. Income maintenance programs include Food Stamps, AFDC, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), State Assistance, and State Emergency relieve. Social Service programs are divided into two broad program areas intended to serve either families or adults. Family services include Children’s Protective Services, Children’s Foster Care, Adoption, Delinquency and Prevention Services. Various Adult Services include the Michigan Opportunities and Skills Training program, as well as others intended to maximize the independence of elderly and/or disabled adults.

Contact Person: Cindy Underwood, Director
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-1271

Meeting Location and Time:
692 East Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032
9:30 am

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 28 May 27 September 23
February 25 June 24 October 28
March 25 July 22 November 25
April 22 August 26 December 16


* Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
The vision of the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation is to provide the place of choice for new and existing businesses.

Contact Person: Cathy Knapp
Contact Phone Number: (269) 553-9588
Economic Development Corporation Website (External Website)

Meeting Location(s) and Time(s):
Sturges-Young Auditorium
201 N. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49032
7:30 am

Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce
52 N. Main Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093
7:30am

Meeting Dates (2014):
April 24 - Three Rivers July 24 - Sturgis October 23 - Three Rivers

 

* Election Board of Canvassers
The Board of Canvassers certifies each election held in St. Joseph County.  They are also responsible for conducting recounts and inspecting ballot boxes.

Contact Person: Pattie Bender
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5602

Meeting Location and Time:
County Clerk's Office
St. Joseph County Courthouse
125 West Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032

Meeting Dates (2014):
February 26 August 6
May 7 (if needed) November 5

 

* Human Services Commission
The Human Services Commission (HSC) was established to give local control of state funding for families with children ages 0-18. The HSC does not create new governmental bodies; it increases the efficiency of existing bodies. The HSC forges alliances, creates shared visions and mobilizes resources to serve families whose needs are now met by multiple agencies.

Contact Person: Anita Lopez-Schlabach
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-1240

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County ISD
62445 Shimmel Road
Centreville MI, 49032
7:30 am

Meeting Dates:
Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am.

 

* Jury Board
The Jury Board governs the selection of juries in the Circuit, District and Probate Courts.  The Jury Board consists of three qualified electors of the County appointed by the Governor or on recommendation of the Circuit Judge, not more than two of whom shall be members of the same political party.

Contact Person: Pattie Bender
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5602

Meeting Location and Time:
County Clerk's Office
St. Joseph County Courthouse
125 West Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032

Meeting Dates:
As needed.

 

* Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is charged with working with the Hazardous Materials (302) sites in the County to assure that they have a site plan in place to respond to a spill or release of hazardous substances. The plan is shared with the jurisdictional fire department so that it complies with the "Firefighter Right to Know" act.  The LEPC is comprised of individuals representing responders, planners, government officials, and experts in the field.

Contact Person: Scott Hopkins
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5613

Meeting Location and Time:
Emergency Operations Center
Central Dispatch
620 East Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032
2:30 pm

Meeting Dates:
     
     


* Local Planning Team - Homeland Security Grant
The Local Planning Team - Homeland Security Grant (LPT) is a group of first responders, elected government officials, and appointed government officials that assess the capabilities and needs of the County to respond to and mitigate a major event or disaster within the County.  Planning, preparedness, response, and recovery are all integral components of the process to identify needs for the Homeland Security projects.

Contact Person: Scott Hopkins
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5613

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department
650 East Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032

Meeting Dates:
As needed.

 

* Parks & Recreation Commission
Provides affordable, diverse, year round outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and guests of the County.  The commission is responsible for the care of all County parks, maintenance and scheduling of use.

Contact Person: John Pence
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5519
Parks & Recreation Webpage

Meeting Location and Time:
Parks & Recreation
602 East Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032
7:00 pm

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 8 May 7 September 3
February 5 June 4 October 1
March 5 July 2 November 5
April 2 August 6 December 3


* Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing rezoning requests, changes in zoning ordinances, and P.A. 116 applications, and is also responsible for implementation of the County Master Plan. The Planning Commission can also sponsor educational activities to assist local governments.

Contact Person: Pat Kulikowski
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5617

Meeting Location and Time:
Parks & Recreation
602 East Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032
7:00 pm

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 29 May 28 September 24
February 26 June 25 October 29
March 26 July 30 November 26
April 30 August 27  


* Road Commission
The Road Commission is charged with the responsibility for construction and maintenance of the St. Joseph County road system.

Contact Person: Julie Mayuiers
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-6393
St. Joseph County Road Commission Website (External Website)

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County Road Commission
20914 M-86
Centreville MI, 49032

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 15 (5:00 pm) May 21 (5:00 pm) September 17 (5:00 pm)
February 19 (5:00 pm) June 18 (5:00 pm) October 15 (5:00 pm)
March 19 (5:00 pm) July 16 (5:00 pm) November 19 (5:00 pm)
April 16 (5:00 pm) August 20 (5:00 pm) December 17 (5:00 pm)


* Solid Waste Management Planning Committee
The Committee is responsible for the County’s Solid Waste Plan, recycling efforts, and all items associated with solid waste.

Contact Person: Pat Kulikowski
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5617

Meeting Location and Time:
Parks & Recreation
602 East Main Street
Centreville, MI 49032
7:00 pm

Meeting Dates (2014):
February 6 August 7
May 1 November 6


* Transportation Authority Board
The purpose of the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is to plan, promote, finance, acquire, improve, enlarge, extend, own, construct, operate, maintain, replace, and contract for public transportation service by means of one or more public transportation systems and public transportation facilities within the jurisdictional boundaries of St. Joseph County.

Contact Person: Steve Yorks
Contact Phone Number: (269) 273-7808
County Transportation Authority Website (External Website)

Meeting Location and Time:
St. Joseph County ISD
62445 Shimmel Road
Centreville MI, 49032
9:10 am

Meeting Dates (2014):
January 14 May 13 - SJCISD Fawn River Room  
February 14    
March 11    
April 8 - GOCC (Board Room)    


* Veterans' Affairs Board
The Dept of Veterans' Services assists veterans with filing disability claims or pensions, health care applications to Veterans' Health Care Facilities, or burial benefits for qualifying applicants.

Contact Person: Rose Risko
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5557

Meeting Location and Time:
MSU Extension
612 East Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032
3:00 pm

Meeting Dates (2014):
March 12 September 10
June 11 December 10


* Veterans' Trust Fund
The Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund is set up to assist qualifying veterans and/or their family with emergent needs.

Contact Person: Rose Risko
Contact Phone Number: (269) 467-5557
Veterans' Services Webpage

Meeting Location and Time:
MSU Extension
612 East Main Street
Centreville MI, 49032
4:00 pm

Meeting Dates (2013):
January 9 May 8 September 11
February 13 June 12 October 9
March 13 July 10 November 13
April 10 August 14 December 11

 

* Workforce Development Board/Private Industry Council
The council's mission is to plan, develop and support efficient and cooperative job training programs that result in individuals being prepared for long-term employment.  PIC funds and directs programs such as Classroom Skill Training, Employability Skills Training, Older Worker Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Displaced Homemaker Program, Customized Skill Training, and Rapid Response Team.

Contact Person: Kathy Olsen
Contact Phone Number: (269) 385-0454

Meeting Location and Time:
W.E. Upjohn Institute
300 S. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI
7:30 am (immediately following the Executive Committee meetings)

Meeting Dates (2014):
February 7 September 5
May 2 November 7

 

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County of St. Joseph

PO Box 189
Centreville, Michigan 49032

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Location:
Historic Courthouse
125 W. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032
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Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Phone Number: (269) 467-5500
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