About Your Board of Commissioners
The Livingston County Board of Commissioners is the chief policy making body of County government and is also involved in certain administrative activities.
The mission of Livingston County is to be an effective and efficient steward in delivering quality services within the constraints of sound fiscal policy. Our priority is to provide mandated services which may be enhanced and supplemented to improve the quality of life for all who work, reside and recreate in Livingston County.
Douglas G. Helzerman
Commissioner Helzerman represents District 1 which includes Cohoctah Township Precinct 1; Conway Township Precinct 1; Handy Township Precincts 2,3; and Howell Township Precincts 1-3.
Commissioner Helzerman has held a seat on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners since January 1, 2017.
Commissioner Helzerman serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Personnel Committee and as a member of the General Government and Health & Human Services and the Personnel Committees. He also serves on the following subcommittees: member of the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee, Michigan Works! Southeast Consortium Board, Fowlerville Local District Finance Authority, and O.L.H.S.A Board of Directors.
Board Chairman, Dave Domas
Commissioner Domas has been elected by his peers as the 2023 Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Domas represents District 2 including: Deerfield Township Precincts 1-2; Oceola Township Precincts 1, 5; and Tyrone Township Precincts 1-4.
Commissioner Domas was first elected as a Livingston County Commissioner in November 1993 to serve the 1994-1995 term. He served for eleven terms through 2018 and has been elected to serve the current 2023-2024 term.
As Chairman, Commissioner Domas is an Ex-Officio member for the Committees of the Board of Commissioners. He also serves on the Drain Board, Lake Tyrone Improvement Board, and the Medical Examiner Committee.
Commissioner Frank Sample represents District 3 including: Hamburg Township Precinct 6; Handy Township Precinct 1; Iosco Township Precincts 1-2; Putnam Township Precincts 1-4; and Unadilla Township Precinct 1.
Commissioner Sample was elected in November 2022 to serve the 2023-2024 term. He has been appointed Chairman of the Personnel Committee and serves as a member of the General Government and Health & Human Services Committee and the Finance and Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Sample also serves on the Hiland Lake Improvement Board, MSU-Extension Board, and the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board.
Commissioner Nakagiri represents District 4 including Hartland Township Precincts 1-5 and Oceola Township Precincts 3, 4, 6.
Commissioner Nakagiri began serving on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners on January 1, 2019.
Commissioner Nakagiri serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Finance and Asset Management Committee and as a member of the Personnel and Courts, Public Safety, & Infrastructure Development Committees. Commissioner Nakagiri serves on the following subcommittees: Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Southeast Michigan Works! Consortium Board.
Board Vice Chairman, Jay Drick
Commissioner Jay Drick represents District 5, which includes Howell City and Marion Township. He began serving as County Commissioner on January 1, 2021 and previously served as County Commissioner from 2011-2012.
As a member of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Drick is the Chairman of the Courts, Public Safety, & Infrastructure Development Committee. Commissioner Drick also serves as a member of the Finance and Asset Management Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. As the representative of District 5, Commissioner Drick is appointed to the City of Howell Capital Rate Improvement Board, Thompson Lake Improvement Board, and the Cedar Lake improvement Board.
Commissioner Roger Deaton represents District 6 including: Brighton Charter Township Precincts 2 and 6; Genoa Charter Township Precincts 1-3, 5, 9-12; and Oceola Township Precinct 2.
As County Commissioner, Commissioner Deaton is the Vice-Chairman of the Courts, Public Safety, and Infrastructure Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Asset Management Committee. He is also appointed to the following subcommittees: Community Corrections Advisory Board; Economic Development Committee; Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee; and South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
Martin Smith represents District 7, which includes: Brighton City Precincts 1-4 and Brighton Charter Township Precincts 1, 3-5, 7-9.
Commissioner Smith was appointed by the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to complete the 2021-2022 term and subsequently elected to serve the current 2023-2024 term.
Commissioner Smith serves as the Vice-Chairman of the General Government and Health & Human Services Committee and as a member of the Personnel and Finance / Asset Management Committees. Commissioner Smith also serves on the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund Board and as an alternate member of the South East Michigan Council of Governments.
Commissioner Nick Fiani represents District 8 including: Hamburg Township Precincts 1-4, 7, 8; and Genoa Charter Township Precincts 4, 6-8.
Commissioner Fiani was elected in November 2022 to serve the 2023-2024 term. As County Commissioner he serves as Chairman of the Finance and Asset Management Committee and as a member of the Courts, Public Safety & Infrastructure Developement Committee. Commissioner Fiani also serves on the following subcommittees: Drain Board; Retiree Health Care Plan Board of Trustees, Retirement Plan Advisory Committee, and the Tax Allocation Board.
Commissioner Gross represents Green Oak Charter Township Precincts 1- 9 and Hamburg Township Precinct 5. He was appointed County Commissioner of District 9 by the Livingston County Board of Commissioners on April 14, 2020 and subsequently elected to serve the next two terms, currently ending December 31, 2024.
Commissioner Gross has been appointed as Chairman of the General Government and Health & Human Services Committee and also serves as a member of the Finance and Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Gross serves on the following subcommittees: Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB) and South East Michigan Council of Governments.
Role of the Board
- Developing and adopting the annual County government budget
- Monitoring County expenditures and receiving and settling claims against the County
- Auditing monthly bills as required by statute
- Adopting equalization of tax assessments throughout the County
- Establishing compensation of all elected and appointed officials, as well as other employees according to statutory authority
- Appointing County Administrator, members of Boards and commissions
- Formulating personnel policies and procedures for a number of County departments, jointly with elected officials where applicable
- Reviewing and adopting grants
- Authorizing new programs, or terminating existing ones
- Providing for necessary facilities and equipment for County government operation, and for the maintenance of such facilities and equipment
- Providing for County participation in several multi-County human service and regional planning programs
- Assisting local units of government, through intergovernmental contracts, in areas of public works, human services, law enforcement, etc., and sometimes granting the full faith and credit of the County to secure borrowing for local projects.