Board of Commissioners
Boards and Commissions
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners maintains several advisory boards and commissions that make recommendations to the County Board regarding specific interest areas. All Committee appointments are on a volunteer basis with no monetary reimbursement, unless specifically noted. In addition, the Board of Commissioners appoints the board members of the Road Commission, a legally separate entity. Advisory Boards/Commissions are as follows:
(Those boards or commissions that are accepting applications have provided links to their specific application. )
Aeronautics Board of Trustees
The Kalamazoo County Aeronautics Board of Trustees is responsible for the authoritative oversight of the Airport, and for the nurturing and development of the Airport as a key economic development and marketing tool for the entire Southwest Michigan Region. Meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, 5235 Portage Road, Kalamazoo MI (2nd floor in the Administration Office). Contact: Airport Director Craig Williams 269-388-3668.
Animal Services & Enforcement Advisory Board
The Animal Services and Enforcement Advisory Board provides advice on animal control issues to the Animal Services Department and Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Animal Services. at Animal Services & Enforcement, 2500 Lake Street. Contact: Director of Animal Services Stephen Lawrence (269) 383-8771 or email.
The County Apportionment Commission consists of the County Clerk, the County Treasurer, the Prosecuting Attorney, the County chairperson of the Democratic Party and the County chairperson of the Republican Party.The Kalamazoo County Apportionment Commission is responsible for establishing the number of seats and boundaries of the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioner districts within the County every 10 years after the census has been completed. Administration support is provided by the Office of the County Clerk. Contact: Meredith Place 269-384-8141 or email.
Board of County Canvassers
The Board of County Canvassers is comprised of two Democrats and two Republicans appointed by the Board of Commissioners according to State Law to alternating four-year terms. Canvassers are responsible for certification of election returns for all national, state, local and school offices and proposals. The Board is also responsible for conducting recounts for all units of government in the County. The Office of the County Clerk provides administrative support. Contact: Meredith Place, County Clerk (269) 383-8840 or email.
Board of Public Works
The Board of Public Works meets as needed on the first Friday after the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Board of Public Works deals with public infrastructure review and development. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8115 or email.
Central County Transportation Authority (CCTA)
The Central County Transportation Authority was created in August 2014 as part of the goal to regionalize public transit. The public transit system was transferred from the City of Kalamazoo to the CCTA on October 1, 2016. The 11-member CCTA board is responsible for the policy decisions related to operating the regional public transit system. The CCTA levies a 0.75 millage in the urban area of Kalamazoo County to fund the fixed-route bus system. Meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 am at the Metro Transit Administration Building (530 N Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007). Contact: Sean McBride 269-337-8088 or visit www.kmetro.com.
Community Corrections Advisory Board
The Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) normally meets on the third Friday, of every other month at 7:45 a.m., at the Office of Community Corrections. The 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. These appointments are representative of prosecution, courts, law enforcement, media, human services, defense attorneys, and the business community. Appointments are made for two-year terms of office. Contact: Ken Bobo 269-383-6434.
Construction Project Advisory Committee/Building Authority
The Kalamazoo County Construction Project Advisory Committee/County Building Authority was established for the purposes of providing recommendations during the construction of new County facilities. The Kalamazoo County Construction Project Advisory Committee meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of each month (unless the first day of the month is Wednesday, then the 3rd Wednesday) at 10”00 a.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Building Authority meets on the second Wednesday of each month (unless the first day of the month is Wednesday, then the 3rd Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Building Authority oversees County building authority bond-funded projects and the Kalamazoo County Construction Project Advisory Committee oversees bond-funded projects and non-bond funded projects that are paid out of funds set aside for the project. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact Purchasing at 269-383-8967.
County Identification Program Advisory Board
The Kalamazoo County Identification Program Advisory Board assists in providing general oversight of the County ID Program, established by the Board of Commissioners in 2017. The Advisory Board will meet on a monthly basis and will provide evaluations of the ID program, reporting to the Board of Commissioners at regular intervals. The Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m.
Appointments are made for three-year terms of office.
Appointments to the first Advisory Board will have staggered 1, 2 or 3 year terms as determined by the Board of Commissioners. Contact: Meredith Place, County Clerk & Register of Deeds at 269-384-8141.
Department of Health & Human Services Board
Kalamazoo County Department Human Services meets the second Wednesday each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Department of Human Services offices. The Board deals with human services matters within the County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services Director Barb LaRue 269-337-5000.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Community Advisory Committee
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Community Advisory Committee was created by the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and propose strategies and best practices to discourage and prevent discriminatory practices within the County and the community we serve and to sustain a welcoming and enriching environment within Kalamazoo County Government.
The Committee will be requested to examine the County’s (internal organization and/or external community interactions) policies, practices, and procedures and may coordinate with staff, the Courts, and/or Elected Officials to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. The 9-member committee will reflect the diverse community of Kalamazoo County.
The first topic of engagement will be with the County Reparations committee.
Economic Development Corporation Board / Brownfield Redevelopment Authority - (Official Site)
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) facilitates the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated and underutilized properties located within participating municipalities through the use of tax increment financing and other incentives as authorized by state Brownfield redevelopment legislation. The KCBRA serves those local units in the County who are not currently served by a local brownfield Authority. (Members of the KCBRA are automatically members of the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors). Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8115.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors meets on an as-needed basis, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. This Board deals with economic development projects within Kalamazoo County. Its purpose is to assist local industrial and commercial enterprises in their development and expansion programs. Appointments are made for six-year terms of office. (This board does not meet on a consistent basis – Members of this Board are automatically members of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority) Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8115 or email.
Acting when needed as the Economic Development Corporation, the Board deals with specific projects within Kalamazoo County that are funded through bonding. Its purpose is to assist local industrial and commercial enterprises in their development and expansion programs.
The Election Commission is comprised of the Chief Judge of the Probate Court, the County Treasurer and the County Clerk. The Commission is responsible for approval of ballot preparation for state and county elections, and approving or denying the clarity of language in petitions to recall elected officials. Administration support is provided by the Office of the County Clerk. Contact: Meredith Place 269-384-8141 or email.
Environmental Health Advisory Council
The Environmental Health Advisory Council (EHAC) meets the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 9:00 am. at 311 E. Alcott Street. This Council serves as an informed advocacy body and sounding board for matters of policy that affect the lives of citizens who need environmental health services. In addition, it advises the County Board of Commissioners on environmental matters. The meeting schedule is posted on the County’s Public Meeting Notices page and County’s News and Events page. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Vern Johnson 269-373-5356 or email.
The nine member Fair Advisory Council meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street. The goal of the Fair Council is to provide a quality family-oriented fair that supports the 4-H youth as well as promotes and encourages the agricultural and tourism industries in Kalamazoo County. Appointments are for three year terms. Contact: David Rachowicz at 269-383-8778.
Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (CMH)
The Community Mental Health Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 418 W. Kalamazoo Avenue at 4:00 p.m. The Community Mental Health Board deals with provision of mental health services; membership categories are: general public, providers of mental health services, recipients and consumers of mental health services, agencies and occupa¬tions having a working involvement with mental health services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Jeff Patton 269-269-553-8000.
The Jury Board meets once a year in the month of May. They provide community oversight and input to the court regarding the jury system. Contact: 269-384-8355.
Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority - (Official Site)
The 9-member Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority Board works in coordination with the CCTA to plan, promote, finance, operate, the public transportation in Kalamazoo County. The KCTA levies a 0.315 millage in Kalamazoo County to the Metro County Connect demand-response service. Meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Metro Transit Administration Building (530 N Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007). Contact: Sean McBride 269-337-8088 or www.kmetro.com.
Land Bank Authority - (Official Site)
The Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority Board is responsible for the authoritative oversight of the land bank, for the purpose of acquiring, assembling, disposing of, and quieting title to property, including tax- reverted property, to foster the development of the property, and to promote economic growth in Kalamazoo County. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo on the 2nd Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December unless otherwise noted at www.kalamazoolandbank.org.
Metropolitan County Planning Commission
The Kalamazoo Metropolitan County Planning Commission (KMCPC) meets as needed on the first Thursday of the month a minimum of four times a year at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The KMCPC deals with planning and land use issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8115 or email.
Older Adult Services Advisory Council
The Older Adult Services Advisory Council's primary function is to act in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Commissioners through the Health & Community Services Department related to the provision of services to the senior population of the Kalamazoo community. Membership requirements state that half the members must be age 60 or over, and other members may represent a nutrition provider, social service provider, a local elected official and general public. The meeting schedule is posted on the County’s Public Meeting Notices page and County’s News and Events page. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: 269-373-5153.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and in general, its function is to oversee, plan, develop, preserve, administer, maintain and operate public parks and recreational facilities in Kalamazoo County. The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the County Expo Center Building. The Parks Commission reviews matters dealing with all Kalamazoo County Government Parks & Expo Center. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: David Rachowicz at 269-383-8778.
The County Plat Board is composed of the County Board of Commissioners Chair, who shall act as chairman; the County Clerk/Register of Deeds, who shall act as Secretary, and the County Treasurer (MCL 560.102 (r)).The Plat Board is created by State Law and is responsible for the examination and approval or denial of all proposed plats (or plans for subdividing land) in the County. The Office of the County Clerk provides administrative support. Contact: Meredith Place 269-384-8141 or email.
Public Housing Commission - (Official Site)
The Public Housing Commission meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building. The Commission attempts to help area residents gain access to decent, affordable housing. Contact: Lockhart Management & Consulting, LLC 269-350-2040.
The most recent update on the progress of the Public Housing Commission Millage Program is available here, and the recent evaluation report of the LHAF Millage Program is available by request.
Remonumentation Peer Review Group
The function of the Kalamazoo County Remonumentation Peer Review Group is to review and reach consensus on the location of original public land survey corners presented by surveyors before the county accepts the corners for filing under its county Remonumentation plan. The Peer Review Group consists of a minimum of 3 licensed surveyors appointed for a 3-year term. The County Surveyor is a member, County representative and also the Chair of the Peer Review Group. The group meets as needed on the third Thursday of the month at 3 pm. Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8115 or email.
Retirement Investment Committee
The Retirement Investment Committee meets on at least a quarterly basis, usually on 4th Wednesdays February, May, August, and the Monday before Thanksgiving in November. Meeting times and locations vary. The Committee's purpose is to manage the assets of the County's Retirement System. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Jenna LeRoy 269-384-8090 or email.
Road Commission of Kalamazoo County - (Official Site)
The Board of County Road Commissioners meets on alternating Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. at the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County’s (RCKC) office located at 3801 East Kilgore Road. The Road Commission, a separate legal entity, is charged with the responsibility for construction and maintenance of the Kalamazoo County infrastructure system. At least four of the five Board members must reside in a township and are 6 year staggered terms. Contact: Joanna Johnson 269-381-3171; www.kalamazoocountyroads.com
Sewage and Water Board of Appeals
The Sewage & Water Board of Appeals exists to provide interpretations and/or exceptions of the provisions of the regulations contained in Article II of the Kalamazoo County Sanitary Code, namely Onsite Sewage Treatment Regulations. This board consists of three community members: a registered onsite sewage treatment system installer, an active builder and member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo, and a resident of Kalamazoo County. This board meets on an “as needed basis”. Contact: Lucus Pols at (269) 373-5172
Solid Waste Management Planning Committee
The Solid Waste Management Planning Committee (SWMPC) meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The SWMPC reviews and approves proposed amendments to the County Solid Waste Management Plan or recommends other possible updates and amendments to the Plan. Appointments are made for two-year terms of office in the following representation categories: Regional Solid Waste Planning Agency, solid waste management industry, general public, county, city and township governments, environmental interest groups, and industrial waste generator. Staff Liaison: Lotta Jarnefelt 269-384-8115.
Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC)
The Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) is one of 14 State Planning and Development Regions. SMPC represents Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. The goals of SMPC are: improve regional economic health, improve transportation systems, promote regional cooperation and planning, assist local entities with community planning, and encourage regional recreation planning. The SMPC board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 am. The meeting locations rotate between each member county; the formal public notice is found here: http://smpcregion3.org/meeting-information/. SMPC board members are expected to attend the monthly meetings and possible committee meetings. Local business and municipal leaders are encouraged to apply for board appointment. Contact: Lee Adams, 269-385-0409, email@example.com.
Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board
The Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board meets on the third Monday of the month in January, March, May, July, and November and the fourth Monday in August. Meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. at 5250 Lovers Lane, Suite 200; Portage unless otherwise communicated. In accordance with the Code and the Intergovernmental Contract, the purposes of the Board are as follows: (a) Approval of any portion of SWMBH’s budget that contains 1986 PA 2 (MCL 211.24e(11)) funds (“PA 2 Funds”) for the treatment or prevention of substance use disorders which shall be used only for substance use disorder treatment and prevention in the Counties from which the PA 2 Funds originated; (b) Advise and make recommendations regarding SWMBH’s budgets for substance use disorder treatment or prevention using non PA 2 Funds; and (c) Advise and make recommendations regarding contracts with substance use disorder treatment or prevention providers. Contact Michelle Jorgboyan, (269) 488-6845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Affairs Committee
The Veterans Affairs Committee usually meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 9:00 a.m., 311 E. Alcott Street. It is responsible for administering the County Veteran Service Office which coordinates and administers benefits to veterans. Minimum requirements include: demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in public service, business or finance. In addition, it is anticipated that members of the committee will be willing to learn legal principals associated with the delivery of benefits to veterans. They should also have or develop familiarity with other V.A., County, and non-governmental programs that aid veterans, and should be willing to engage in outreach to veteran and community organizations. The meeting schedule is posted on the County’s Public Meeting Notices page and County’s News and Events page. Appointments are made for four-year terms of office. Contact: 269-373-5361
For general information, or to get an application, please contact the Board Office at 269-384-8111.