Alpena County Commissioners Office
720 W. Chisholm Street Suite #7
Alpena, MI 49707-2453
Phone: (989) 354-9500
FAX (989) 354-9648
email: commissioners

Tammy Sumerix-Bates
Executive Manager

Laura L. Ellery-Somers

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2013 Minutes of the Board
2014 Minutes of the Board

Commissioners Profile

District#1 City
Jeff Kowalski (D)

District #2 City
Robert Adrian (D)

District # 3 City (R)
Camille Nerkowski

District #4 Alpena Twp
Lyle E. VanWormer (R)

District # 5 Alpena Twp
Mary Hess (D)

District# 6 Maple Ridge, Long Rapids
Ronald McDonald (R)

District #7 Wilson, Green, LR, Wellington
Cameron N. Habermehl (R)

District #8 Sanborn, Ossineke
Eric Lawson (R)

2014 Older Persons Committee:
Jeff Kowalski, Germaine Stoppa, Tom Imel, Tammy Schultz, Camille Nerkowski, Craig Zelazny, Scot McKenzie, and Herb Gamage.


County Commissioners are elected officials who oversee county activities and work to ensurethatcitizenconcerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations runsmoothly.

County commissioners spend a lot of time working with and representing people. They attend regular meetings of the county board as well as meetings of board sub-committees and county-related boards and commissions. They represent county concerns before local, state and national boards and commissions, including school boards, city councils, township boards, and stateand federal offices. County commissioners work with constituents and respondto constituent concerns.

While no minimum education or prior experience is required for becoming a county commissioner, individual backgrounds and personalities can enhance the effectiveness of county commissioners. Useful experiences include having operateda business; service on a township, school board or city council; involvement in community activities; and managementexperience. Personal traits that can benefit county commissioners include a sense ofhumor, an open mind, a vision of where county government should go, an ability to compromise, and an ability to delegate. Effective communication and negotiation skills are also important, sincecounty commissioners spend a lot of time communicating and negotiating.

Commissioners’ terms are two years. Newly elected commissioners take office the first Monday in January following their election.

Public Interests

2015 Agendas & Minutes of the Board

All board minutes are not officially approved until the next board meeting. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners meets monthly at 1:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), in the Howard Male Conference Room of the Alpena County Annex Building. Minutes are official once approved at the following months meeting. You will need a PDF viewer to open the minutes. Please click the image to the left or by clicking here to access the Minutes of the Board.
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2015 Agendas

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Ambulance Funding Training Reimbursement
Alpena County Ambulance Fund - Funding Request
Alpena County Ambulance Fund Fiscal Policy and Procedure


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Alpena, MI 49707

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