What Does the Board of Commissioners Do?

The chief legislative and policy-making body of Ionia County government is the seven-member Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners are elected to two-year terms from districts that are roughly equal in population. A chair and vice-chair are elected at the Commissioners’ Organizational Meeting, which is the first meeting of each new year. There are seven commissioner districts.

Also at their Organizational Meeting, the Commissioners adopt the BOC Bylaws, that provide the framework under which the Board of Commissioners operate.

Now in Session…Board Meetings

Regular public meetings of the Board of Commissioners are scheduled at 3:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, and at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the board room located at 101. W. Main St. (The top floor of the former District Court building on the corner of Hudson St. and Main St.) Committee-of-the-Whole meetings are conducted on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m.

The Board welcomes area residents to express their ideas or concerns about issues affecting Ionia County during “Public Comment” which is on each meeting agenda. Speakers are requested to state their name and address, with individual comments being limited to three minutes or less.

Copies of the Board’s agenda and minutes are available by contacting the County Clerk’s office.

Ionia County Commissioners

District #1

David Hodges (R)
4833 Flat River Trail
Belding, MI 48809
(616) 240-0624

District #2

Scott Wirtz
4280 N. State Rd.,
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 375-0332

District #3

Lawrence Stewart Tiejema
1187 Hawley Hwy.,
Saranac, MI 48881
(616) 581-0113


District #4

Phillip Lee Hesche
3577 Pinckney Rd.,
Saranac, MI 48881
(616) 897-4921
(616) 304-5723

District #5

Gordon L. Kelley
931 W. Main St.,
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 893-0637

District #6

Jack Leroy Shattuck
6055 Keefer Hwy.,
Portland, MI 48875
(517) 256-2870

District #7

Terence Michael Frewen
10697 Peake Rd.,
Portland, MI 48875
(517) 256-4321