New Commissioner School 2022

New Hybrid format available. Flexible self-paced learning and in-person discussion.

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The Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Association of Counties New Commissioner School 2022 for newly elected county officials starts this November with a hybrid format

The 2022 program will offer a hybrid model for participants. The program will feature an introductory session via zoom followed by access to the online learning modules. Then participants will have the opportunity to attend one of four locations for in-person learning and networking session with experts and experienced commissioners.

The program will feature an introductory session on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. via zoom to help new commissioners learn what is available to them through the self-paced course and share a bit about the onsite learning and discussion opportunities.

The self-paced course will cover:

  • Introduction to County Government
  • Introduction to County Finance
  • Budgeting for Fiscal Sustainability
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

Attendees at the in-person sessions will hear the latest from Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Association of Counties and expand learning through focused discussion with experts and experienced commissioners around: 

  • Use of ARPA Funds.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Economic Development and Housing.
  • Preparing for Meetings.
  • Other local hot topics developed through discussion.

The four in-person sessions will run from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The sessions are scheduled for:

Full schedule details and registration are available at .

Please email John Amrhein at  or Eric Walcott at with questions.

The Guide to Michigan County Government is a great resource for new county commissioners and anyone interested in learning more about county government. During this election season, we are offering special pricing on the book, which can be purchased here. Single copies are 25% off with the discount code MIGOV, and orders of four or more need to enter discount code MIGOV30.


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