Board of Commissioners

2019-2020 Commissioners
The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners is the chief legislative and policy-making body of Grand Traverse County Government.

Commissioners are elected to 2-year terms from districts that are roughly equal in population. A chair is elected at the first meeting of each new term and a vice-chair is elected at the first meeting of each new year by the Commissioners. The Commissioners’ duties include:

  • Adopting the County's annual budget.
  • Raising the money to fund the County's operations by levying property taxes, setting fees, selling bonds or borrowing.
  • Appointing County residents to serve on various County boards, commissions and committees, which  provide oversight for significant County services. 
  • Selecting a County Administrator to supervise the day-to-day operations of County departments. 
  • Representing the County, and managing its property and business by adopting rules, regulations, ordinances and policies.


  • 8:00 a.m.
  • The first and third Wednesday of each month. 
  • Study sessions may be held, as needed, on the second and fourth Wednesdays.
  • Second Floor Commission Chambers                                                   400 Boardman Avenue                                                                   Traverse City, MI 49684



Board meetings are recorded and can be viewed via webstream or replay on Channel 191.  
See agenda for the live web streaming link.  To view archived meeting videos, visit or our YouTube Channel.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Draft minutes are available within eight days following meeting. 
View Most Recent Agenda and Minutes
View Agendas and Minutes From 2011-2019 
View Agendas and Minutes From 2011 and Older
The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners envision:
A community that preserves the beautiful and healthy environment making Grand Traverse County a desirable community in which to live where the safety of its community is of utmost concern and who focuses on the well-being of all its people.

A county government that collaborates with other units of government on common issues for the benefit of the community and its individuals that encourages risk taking and innovation to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our services and to better serve our constituents where all our customers have ready and easy access to government services.