Welcome to the Hillsdale County Community Center!

This virtual community center is being created by citizens throughout the county of Hillsdale Michigan who are participating in a grant project entitled Information Technology for Community and Intergovernmental Cooperation (ITCIC). The ITCIC project is being developed with oversight from a broad Community and Intergovernmental Coordination Committee, comprised of representatives from the community, local units of governments, and key agency and business leaders.

Clicking on Community Information will provide links to information by category.

Clicking on Local Government provides links to information about the local jurisdictions in Hillsdale County. In addition to information about the offices, officials, office hours, etc, this is also where you can search for properties, find permit application forms, meeting agendas & minutes, ordinances, notices, and similar information.


Please remember to scroll down on this page too, as there may be more information below.

Be an Informed Voter

The next election date in Hillsdale County will be March 8, 2016. This will be the primary election for presidential candidates in Michigan, and may have other issues on the ballot as well. For a complete list, please go to www.michigan.gov/vote.  


If you have questions you may call the Hillsdale County Clerk's office at 517-437-3391, or visit www.michigan.gov/sos and click on Elections on the left side menu.


Hillsdale County Courthouse Clock

Hillsdale Michigan (March 2, 2015) -- It has come to the attention of the Hillsdale County Courthouse staff that the four faces of the courthouse tower clock are not all keeping the same time.  As it turns out, this is a mechanical problem for which there is no easy fix.


The clock faces, clockworks, and bells were installed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut. The entire system was a gift to the citizens of Hillsdale County by William W. Mitchell of Cadillac, Michigan; and was dedicated on June 22, 1910. The clock and the chimes (bells) had to have the weights that ran them wound every few days. Then in the late 1940s or early 1950s (we are not sure of the specific date), the clock weights were removed and a pair of electric motors replaced the weights to drive the clock system. Very little has been done to maintain the courthouse tower clock since that transfer to electricity.


After several transfers of ownership, the Seth Thomas Clock Company went out of business about 2009 as part of its parent company's bankruptcy. Therefore, many of the original records for Seth Thomas tower clocks have been lost. There are a few records that have been found, and of those many are posted on the internet. While the Hillsdale County Courthouse Clock serial number shows up in a few of those records, none of the diagrams depicting the original design of our tower clock exist. This makes it  more difficult to understand how the clock originally worked or how it should be maintained.


In 2013, a company which specializes in tower clock repairs estimated it will take about $25,000 to bring the clockworks back to what they should be. Unfortunately, the County of Hillsdale government budget does not have the funding currently available for such repairs.  In the meantime, the four sides of the Hillsdale County Courthouse clock will not be in synchronization with each other.


We apologize for any inconvenience to the public.



Interested in Local Government?
Have you ever been interested in township or county government? Would you like to get involved? Here's an opportunity for you! Run for election to a county or township position.


In Michigan, township board positions are up for election every 4 years, including Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and two trustees. County Commissioner seats are elected every 2 years. Every 4 years the Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Drain Commissioner, and County Surveyor are elected.  2016 is the year all these offices are elected in Hillsdale County. There will also be positions for the City of Jonesville and the City of Reading elected, as well as several school board seats.


So, if you have an interest, or if you are a current office holder, think about getting involved or staying involved. The filing deadline for Township and County officials is April 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM.


For more information, please contact your township clerk or the Hillsdale County Clerk's Office at 517-437-3391.

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