2016-12-08 / Local News

Commissioners sworn in, attend meeting


GETTING ORIENTED in preparation for new two-year terms beginning next year, County Board members and a member-elect attended a day-long series of briefings Friday in the community meeting room of the county Government Center. Pictured are, from left, District No. 5 Commissioner Patricia-Soutas Little, District No. 6 Commissioner-elect Casey Noonan, District No. 7 Commissioner Melinda Lautner, District No. 4 Commissioner Ty Wessell, District No. 1 Commissioner Tony Ansorge, District No. 3 Commissioner Will Bunek, and District No. 2 Commissioner Deb Rushton. GETTING ORIENTED in preparation for new two-year terms beginning next year, County Board members and a member-elect attended a day-long series of briefings Friday in the community meeting room of the county Government Center. Pictured are, from left, District No. 5 Commissioner Patricia-Soutas Little, District No. 6 Commissioner-elect Casey Noonan, District No. 7 Commissioner Melinda Lautner, District No. 4 Commissioner Ty Wessell, District No. 1 Commissioner Tony Ansorge, District No. 3 Commissioner Will Bunek, and District No. 2 Commissioner Deb Rushton. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners and one commissioner-elect participated in a day-long “orientation session,” at the county Government Center on Friday.

County Board chairman Carolyn “Peachy” Rentenbach did not participate. On Nov. 8, she was unseated as the District No. 6 commissioner representing Empire and Glen Arbor Townships by Casey Noonan who attended his first-ever annual orientation session for the board.

The session included detailed briefings and question-and-answer sessions with each of the county’s department heads or their representatives. Board members also spent time reviewing the 2017 budget.

In addition, the board interacted directly with a representative of the county’s “corporate counsel,” attorney Peter Cohl of the Lansing-based law firm Cohl, Stoker &Toskey.

Also on Friday, 13th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Thomas G. Power conducted a swearing-in ceremony for the seven County Board members as well as other elected officials. Included were Sheriff Mike Borkovich, Prosecutor Joseph T. Hubbell, Register of Deeds Dorothy Miller, Clerk Michelle Crocker, Treasurer John Gallagher, and Road Commissioner James Calhoun. Borkovich, Miller, Crocker and Calhoun ran unopposed in the General Election.

Rentenbach is expected to preside over her last County Board meetings later this month before relinquishing her seat as District No. 6 Commissioner to Noonan on Jan. 1. The County Board will elect a new chairman during its first meeting next year.

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