New Commissioner School

November 12, 2020 - December 16, 2020

Zoom Webinar


Contact: For registration questions, contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or events@anr.msu.edu. For questions about the program, please contact John Amrhein at 231-922-4627 or amrhein@msu.edu.

Who should attend:

Newly elected & experienced commissioners, administrative staff and other elected county officials

What will be covered:

  • Learn about County Commissioner roles and responsibilities and the structure of county government
  • Explore the basics of county finance
  • Learn best practices for leading and participating in public meetings
  • Network with other elected officials

Cost: $95 per person

New Online Format for 2020

The 2020 program will take place virtually with a mix of live webinars and self-paced learning modules. The course is designed with location-based cohorts and we encourage you to participate in your region to allow for the best connection with your neighboring commissioners.

Introductory Session - 45 minutes

  • November 12 at 9 a.m. - South Central Cohort (Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Midland, Montcalm, Saginaw and Shiawassee)
  • November 12 at 10 a.m. - West Central and Northwest Michigan Cohort (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana)
  • November 12 at 11 a.m. - Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan Cohort (all UP counties and Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego, and Presque Isle)
  • November 13 at 9 a.m. - Northeast and Middle Michigan Cohort (Alcona, Arenac, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, and Wexford)
  • November 13 at 10 a.m. - Southwest Michigan Cohort (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren)
  • November 13 at 11 a.m. - Southeast and Thumb Michigan Cohort (Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne)
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November 12-30 - Self-paced, Asynchronous Online Learning for all cohorts

November 20 at 11 a.m. - Ask an Expert Session and Discussion - 60 minutes - for all cohorts

NCS Webinar Session - Presentation/Networking - 90 minutes

  • November 30 at 10 a.m. - Central Michigan Cohort (Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Midland, Montcalm, Saginaw and Shiawassee)
  • December 1 at 10 a.m. - West Central and Northwest Michigan Cohort (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana)
  • December 7 at 10 a.m. - Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan Cohort (all UP counties and Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego, and Presque Isle)
  • December 8 at 10 a.m. - Northeast and Middle Michigan Michigan Cohort (Alcona, Arenac, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, and Wexford)
  • December 14 at 10 a.m. - Southwest Michigan Cohort (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren)
  • December 15 at 10 a.m. - Southeast Michigan Cohort (Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne)

December 16 at 3:30 p.m. - Closing & Networking Session - 120 minutes -for all cohorts

Technology Requirements: 

Below are recommendations for the optimal interactive online training:

  •  A computer, laptop or tablet with latest version of your browser
  •  A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  •  Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  •  Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  •  Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Related Topic Areas

Government, New Commissioner School

Tags: commissioners, county commissioners, county government, michigan state university, msu, msu extension

Related People

John Amrhein

John Amrhein
amrhein@msu.edu