Board of Commissioners
The Emmet County Board of Commissioners is the governing body for the County of Emmet, exercising legislative and administrative functions. There are seven members on the Board, each elected on a partisan basis for two-year terms from districts that are approximately equal in population. Board leadership consisting of a chairperson and vice-chairperson are elected annually by the Board at the start of a new year. The primary functions of the Board of Commissioners include determination of type and level of County services, adoption of County budget, equalization of property values, legislative oversight services provided by Emmet County, appointment of various advisory boards and commissions, and county officials.
Vision Statement of Emmet County
Emmet County is a place where natural beauty and prosperity harmonize in a desirable and sustainable community. The County appeals to both year-round and seasonal resort residents, maintaining its reputation as a world-class resort and tourist destination. Emmet County land development is guided to complement and enhance the natural beauty and landscape for which it is famous. Parks and open spaces abound, and wildlife populations are visible and healthy. Emmet County offers outstanding opportunities to the outdoor enthusiast for camping, biking, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation. The abundance of clean air and water add to the beautiful scenery, promoting a sense of pride and belonging.
Emmet County will continue to be a desirable place to live, work, and learn. Our educational system is first class, starting from day care through the public school districts, and on to our community college. Arts and entertainment programs in the county provide inspiration, entertainment, and opportunities for expression.
Emmet County’s economy is vibrant and diverse, with an appealing mix of healthy local retailers, services, and light industry. Residents enjoy the highest quality in health care, and are protected by exceptional public safety, law enforcement, and fire protection services. Transportation is safe, efficient, and multi-dimensional. Roads and highways are well-maintained on a scale appropriate for the size of our community. Some seasonal congestion is recognized as a fact of life, and taken in stride as part of the relaxed lifestyle in a resort community. Relief from congestion by alternative modes of transportation is available through the county’s comprehensive network of recreational trails. They offer easy access to safe and convenient transportation for people of all ages, by separating them from the hazards of the roadway.
Finally, Emmet County’s citizens value and celebrate its history. From the well-known Petoskey Stones that were created millions of years ago through the glacial creation of the landscape, the rich history of Native Americans and the development of the area as part of the Northwest Territory and later the State of Michigan, the heritage of the area is treasured and respected with groups and individuals working hard to preserve and share the natural and cultural history of Emmet County.