This edition of “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, is hosted by WEMU’s Patrick Campion.
The conversation continues about “getting to know your Washtenaw County government” as Patrick talks with county commission chairman Jason Morgan.
What is the role of a County Commissioner?
- Set policy for county services, personnel, capital improvement. Enact ordinances (rather than laws).
- Oversight of programs county funds are used for.
- Constituent services - representing voters to administrators is a function that few, other than elected officials, can perform
- Look at the big picture, coordinate all today and plan for the future
How many commissioners are there?
Nine. Each represents a district.
How are comissioners chosen?
Elected - Two year terms; elections are in even-numbered years.
How big is county government?
- Budget for general fund in 2019 is $120 million for General Fund
- 32 departments
- 59 Boards, commissions and committees
What about elected county officials – Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff, Prosecutor, judges, water resource commissioner?
These are statutory positions and elected to four year terms in presidential years. They each run their own department.
What are some of the big issues facing the commission in the year ahead?
- Youth Commission
- Mental Health
- Addressing climate change by getting to Carbon Neutral by 2035
- Gelman Dioxane Plume and PFAS
- Master Planning – creating a new community vision for our county
- Expanding access to broadband internet
- Working with the community to build an East side recreation center
How can residents contact their commissioner?
County website is an excellent resource for all sorts of information about county government including how to identify your commissioner and providing contact information.
Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support. Make your donation to WEMU today to keep your community NPR station thriving.