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Message from the Administrator
The Board of Commissioners started out a new term with their organizational meeting on January 4th. The board elected David Stimpson to be chairperson. This will be Commissioner Stimpson’s third term as chair. Commissioner Terry Collins was elected to the position of vice-chair.
Commission meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm.
Lenawee County finished the 2018 fiscal year with revenue in excess of expenditures while at the same time making good progress on some much needed improvements to facilities and operations. There is still work ahead of us and a sneak peek at future objectives will be part of the state of the County presentation at the February 13th board meeting.
Some changes are taking place in Lenawee County courts. At the beginning of January, Judge Margaret Noe retired from the circuit court bench. Judge Noe’s replacement will be appointed by Governor Whitmer. Judge Catherine Sala became Judge of Probate on January 1st after being elected in November. And Beth Morse, Judicial Secretary to Judge Anzalone, retired on January 25th after over 42 years of service to the County courts. Her most recent role, recent being the last 18 years, was as secretary to circuit court judges Timothy Pickard and AnnaMarie Anzalone.
Work has progressed on the rebuild of the Sheriff’s office building and the exterior is now wrapped up and temporary heating systems are keeping the building warm enough for the construction crew to work this winter. The offices are being framed in and masonry work on the elevator shaft and new stairwell are nearly complete. We have a ways to go, and the weather makes it complicated, but construction manager, Krieghoff/Lenawee, is doing a good job of keeping the project on track and on time.
At the regular board meeting on January 9th, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution recognizing the contributions that local school board members make to our communities and young people who will soon become the leaders of tomorrow. Lenawee Intermediate Superintendent Mark Haag, ISD board member Richard Germond, and Lenawee School Board Association President and Clinton School board member Dale Wingerd accepted the proclamation on behalf of the eighty-two county residents who serve as school board members.
Also at the January board meeting, Sheriff Jack Welsh announced that he will be retiring at the end of February. Sheriff Welsh has also provided over 42 years of service to Lenawee County residents, the last 10 years as Sheriff. Sheriff Welsh and Beth Morse are in a select group of people who have dedicated over forty years of their working life to Lenawee County residents. We thank them for all that they have done and wish them the best in their retirement.
Check out more great information in the FEBRUARY NEWS (pdf)