VIDEO: What does a County Commissioner do anyways?


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Here’s the rough translation:

“What’s Goin’ On! I’m Fred Miller, your Macomb County Commissioner from District 9, which includes the City of Mount Clemens, northern Clinton Township, and southern Macomb Township. Thank you for the honor of serving as your voice in government.

One of the most common questions I get usually falls along the lines of ‘what does county government do for me?’ I like to say it is like the air we breathe; we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it but would notice very quickly if it wasn’t there.

Macomb County is the 479 square miles that make up the 27 cities, villages, and townships that we call home. From 8 Mile all the way up to Bordman Road, from Dequindre on the west to the shores of Lake St. Clair on the east, Macomb County is the third largest, and fastest growing, county in Michigan.

Macomb County government provides services to residents, visitors, families and businesses that live, work, and play here. As an organization, Macomb County has 38 departments and around 2,500 employees that, together, care for some of the key cornerstones of our society.

For example, when you think about justice and public safety, that’s Macomb County government in the form of the Sheriff’s Department, which patrols the community and administers jail services. It’s also the individuals who make up the Prosecutor’s Office the 16th District Circuit Court, located in Mount Clemens, and the district courts in New Baltimore and Romeo. All of these provide the backbone of our legal system.

Critical infrastructure that connects and supports us is part your Macomb County government as well. The Department of Public Works maintains water and sewage infrastructure to ensure the clean stuff flows through your tap and the dirty stuff flows away for treatment. The Macomb County Department of Roads also plays a critical role, maintaining more than 1,700 miles of road,900 traffic signals and 60,000 signs.

We can’t forget the role the Health Department plays in your Macomb County government either.   Providing vaccines, conducting restaurant and food service inspections, and running the county Animal Shelter,  are among the host of vital services the department provides to ensure public health. There is also the County’s Community Mental Health and Community Services Departments, which works with the state and other agencies to provide services to the most fragile lives among us.

Your Macomb County government also issues and maintains vital records and licenses, from CCW’s to birth certificates, property records and marriage and business licenses.

Truth is, this is just some of what your Macomb County government does on a day-in-day-out basis. I could go on and on, but I won’t.

I encourage you to visit the county website: Macomb GOV dot Org. There, you will find more information about what I’ve discussed today and more. Knowing what services we offer and how your county government works is important to you and your family. And, as you can see, there is a lot out there.

Or feel free to call, email, or otherwise contact me and I’ll provide you with a free directory of county services.

The Board of Commissioners is what I like to call “the eyes and ears” of the citizens – YOU – in county government. Not only do we work with the County Executive and Department heads to develop the annual budget and set policy for the county, but we help people with their problems, answer questions, and try to connect folks like yourself with services. After all, it’s YOUR Macomb County government, here to help YOU maintain a good quality of life in our corner of the world.

If you have any questions about the county budget, things I’ve just discussed, or have an issue you’d like to chat about please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. As always, thank you for the honor of serving as your voice in government. I’m Macomb County Commissioner Fred Miller and this is ‘What’s Goin’ On.’ ”

(September 2015)