The Board of County Commissioners is the governing body and the major policy approval center for county government. It is the legislative body with authority over most aspects of the county. Its responsibilities, however, are not all encompassing. There are several instances where the power of the county board is limited. The county has other agencies and boards that, while part of the county, are rather independent from the board of commissioners. It is for this reason that county government in Michigan is thought about not as ‘a' government, but as a "collection of governments."
2007-2008 Hillsdale County Commissioners were: Alan Ringenberg, Ken Lautzenheiser, Gearldine Speith, Chairperson Maxine Vanlerberg, Brad Densmore, Parke Hayes, and Andy Welden.
2009-2010 Hillsdale County Commissioners: Chairperson Alan Ringenberg, Ken Lautzenheiser, Gearldine Speith, Brad Benzing, Brad Densmore, Parke Hayes, and Andy Welden
2011-2012 Hillsdale County Commissioners: Parke Hayes (District 1); Alan Ringenberg (District 2); Gearldine Spieth (District 3); Vice-Chairperson Brad Benzing (District 4); Brad Densmore (District 5); John Burtka (District 6); Chairperson Andy Welden (District 7).
2013-2014 Hillsdale County Commissioners: Parke Hayes (resigned June 2012), Andy Welden, Brad Benzing, John Burtka, and Mark Wiley.
Office Telephone (517) 437-3932
Office Fax (517) 437-3138
Commission Secretary: (Vacant)