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

Tammy Sumerix-Bates
Executive Manager

Laura Ellery

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2012 Archived Agendas & Minutes
2013 Archived Agendas & Minutes
2013 Board Contact List
2013 Commissioners Structure
2013 Finance, Building and Recreation Committee Meeting Dates
2013 Full Board Meeting Dates
2013 Older Persons Committee
2013 Personnel Committee Meeting Dates

Commissioners Profile

Jeff Kowalski (D)

District #2
Robert Adrian (D)

District #3
Thomas G. Mullaney (R)
989- 356-9781

Lyle E. VanWormer (R)

District #5
Scot McKenzie (D)

District #6
Mark Hall (D)

District #7
Cameron N. Habermehl (R)
989- 766-3455

District #8
Eric Lawson (R)



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 state and 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 of humor, 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.

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2014 Agendas & Minutes of the Board NEW!

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 2014 Minutes of the Board.

If you are looking for the 2013 Agendas and Minutes of the Board, please click here.

No other unit of MI government impacts residents' lives more directly than county government. The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) was formed in 1898 to advocate for the interests of Michigan's county governments. Read More...
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2014 Board of Commissioners Information
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The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Committee, were officially established on September 28, 2010. The committee consists of one representative from each of the districts of the Alpena County Board of Commissioners. Terms of office for representatives from the County Commissioners districts are established to be the same as the elected members of the Board of Commissioners districts, which is a two year terms. Read More...

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