Presque Isle County Commissioners

Two year terms
Board of Commissioners meetings are open to the public and are held at the County Courthouse
every second Thursday at 4:00 pm and the last Friday at 9:30 am
Clerk to the Board of Commissioners: Ann Marie Main: 989 734 3288

Chairman: Lee Gapczynski
Vice Chairman: Carl Altman

District 1

Nancy S. Shutes (R), 18439 Iroquois Lane, Ocqueoc, MI  49759 

District 1 Jurisdictions: Allis Township, Bearinger Township, North Allis Township, City of Onaway

District 2

Lee Gapczynski (R) Chairman of 3232 Birchwood DriveRogers City, MI  49779

District 2 Jurisdictions: Case Township, Ocqueoc Township, Rogers Township

District 3

Michael Darga (D) of 1113 Dettloff, PO Box 108, Rogers City, MI 49779.
989 734 7219

District 3 Jurisdictions:City of Rogers City

District 4

Carl L. Altman (R) Vice Chairman of 1104 West Hawks Highway, Hawks, MI 49743.
989 766 2773

District 4 Jurisdictions: Belknap Township, Bismarck Township, Metz Township, Moltke Township, Posen Township.

District 5

John Chappa (D), 4444 E. County Road 638, Hawks, MI  49743   

District 5 Jurisdictions: Krakow Township, Presque Isle Township, Pulawski Township

Calendar of Events
Minutes of the Board

2019 Minutes of the Board

Rules of Order

Rules of Order

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County Commissioners Duties

County commissioners are elected officials who oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly. County commissioners spend a lot of time working with and representing people. They attend regular meetings of the county board as well as meetings of board sub-committees and county-related boards and commissions. They represent county concerns before local, state and national boards and commissions, including school boards, city councils, township boards, and state and federal offices.

County commissioners work with constituents and respond to citizens concerns. While no minimum education or prior experience is required for becoming a county commissioner, individual backgrounds and personalities can enhance the effectiveness of county commissioners. Useful experiences include having operated a business; service in a township, school board or in city council; involvement in community activities; and management experience. Personal traits that can benefit county commissioners include a sense of humor, an open mind, a vision of where county government should head, an ability to compromise, and an ability to delegate. Effective communication and negotiation skills are also important.

Newly elected commissioners take office on January 1st following the year in which they were elected. The chairman and vice chairman are elected at the organizational meeting of the Board of Commissioners, which is called and chaired by the County Clerk until a chairman is elected by fellow board memebers.

The following is a partial list of these duties and responsibilities:

County Management Administration

Establish policies and procedures for central
administration and county departments to meet
county goals.

Coordinate activities of the county board, central
administration and county departments with those of the independently elected officers, including treasurer, attorney and sheriff.

Oversee the county personnel system: authorize the number of county employees, establish salaries and
conditions of employment, approve county benefit
schedule, negotiate and approve labor agreements,
supervise appointed county department heads,
participate in and approve the recruitment and
employment of key county employees, and oversee the implementation of the county pay equity plan and the county affirmative action/equal opportunity plan.

Review liability issues and take appropriate measures to protect county employees and entities.

Adopt and oversee the process for purchase of
equipment and supplies for use by the county.

Establish a plan for the review and evaluation of county services and programs.

Review, adjust and adopt the annual county budget for county departments

Authorize the levy and collection of county-wide property taxes.

Authorize the application for and/or receipt of funds from federal and state governments and their use within the county budget.

Adopt and participate in the implementation of fiscal management policies for the county in areas such as investments, reserve policy, short-term borrowing, use of bonds and risk management/insurance.

Monitor the overall fiscal health of the county through regular reports of the auditor, treasurer and finance departments.

Establish a process for approving the payment of expenses incurred by the county.

Develop and adopt a capital improvement program/budget covering major county expenditures over a series of years.


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Committee Appointments
(First Named - Chairperson)

Gapczynski, Altman, Darga (alt)

Executive Committee

Altman, Gapczynski, Chappa (alt)

Finance and Auditing Committee

Chappa, Darga, Shutes (alt)

Courthouse and Grounds (Airport, Parks, Road Commission, Equalization & Footings, Building Authority, Courthouse, Jail, Grounds)

Gapczynski, Shutes, Altman (alt)

Personnel Committee

Darga, Chappa, Shutes (alt)

Public Health and Safety Committee (Department of Human Services, Emergency Services,solid waste, housing commission and law enforcement)

Altman, Gapczynski, Shutes and Darga (alt) District Health Board
Special Appointments


Chief Administrative Officer
Gapczynski, Altman

53d Circuit Court Advisory Committee

Chappa, Altman (alt) NEMCSA
Darga, Shutes (alt)

Michigan Works (Consortium)

Altman, Gapczynski (alt)

Northern Counties Association
Darga, Shutes, Chappa (alt) Michigan Townships Association
Darga Multi County Authority for Solid Waste
Gapczynski, Altman Community Corrections Advisory Board
Altman, Gapczynski (alt) NEMCOG
Chappa, Darga (alt) CDC/EDC/Tourism
Shutes Transit Authority
Darga Recycling Alliance

Chappa, Darga (alt)

Conservation District
Darga, Shutes (alt members) Senor Citizens
Darga Citizens Advisory Committee State Parks
Shutes Department of Human Services
Chappa, Shutes Road Commission Liaison    

Other Duties Include...

Represent county issues to state and/or federal legislative bodies. Adopt appropriate ordinances for the enforcement of county-wide actions. Ratify, modify or deny the actions of commissions and boards which are advisory to the county board. Approve county participation in joint powers agreements with other governmental units. Represent the county on administrative/advisory boards and commissions which provide direct and indirect county or county related services. These include airports, libraries, community corrections, local public health boards, community action agencies, mental health centers, extension services, regional development commissions, social services, joint solid waste commissions, and planning commissions.

Make decisions regarding participation in optional federal or state programs. Communicate county actions and concerns to the public through school groups, business groups, civic organizations, the press and other public forums. Participate in both district and statewide meetings of the Michigan Association of Counties including the annual meeting and the legislative conference. Attend conferences, meetings, training and other educational programs, as approved by the board, which relate to county activities.


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