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.

Mission Statement

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

District 1

Commissioner Helzerman represents District 1, which includes all of Cohoctah, Conway, and Howell Townships, and Handy Township Precincts 2 (Village of Fowlerville) & 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 Courts, Public Safety & Infrastructure Development Committee and as a member of the General Government and Health & Human Services Committee and the Finance & Asset Management Committee. 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.

Dave Domas

District 2

Commissioner Domas represents District 2, which includes all of Deerfield and Tyrone Townships, and Oceola Township Precincts 1 & 5.

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.

He is a member of the Courts, Public Safety & Infrastructure Development Committee and Finance & Asset Management Committee. He also serves on the Lake Tyrone Improvement Board, and the South East Michigan Council of Governments.

Frank Sample

District 3

Commissioner Frank Sample represents District 3, which includes all of Iosco, Putnam (Village of Pinckney), and Unadilla Townships, and Hamburg Township Precinct 6, and Handy 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 on the Finance & Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Sample also serves on the Hiland Lake Improvement Board, MSU Extension Board, and the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board.

Wes Nakagiri

District 4

Commissioner Nakagiri represents District 4, which includes all of Hartland Township and Oceola Township Precincts 3 & 6.

Commissioner Nakagiri began serving on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners on January 1, 2019.

Commissioner Nakagiri serves as the Chairman of the Courts, Public Safety, & Infrastructure Development Committee and as a member of the General Government & Health & Human Services Committee and the Finance & Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Nakagiri also serves on the following subcommittees: Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Southeast Michigan Works! Consortium Board.

Board Chairman, Jay Drick

District 5

Commissioner Drick has been elected by his peers as the 2024 Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Jay Drick represents District 5, which includes all of the City of Howell and Marion Township. He began serving as County Commissioner on January 1, 2021 and previously served as County Commissioner from 2011-2012.

As Chairman, Commissioner Drick is an Ex-Officio member for the Committees of the Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Drick also serves as a member of the Drain Boards, Medical Examiner Committee, and 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.

Roger Deaton

District 6

Commissioner Roger Deaton represents District 6, which includes Brighton Township Precinct 2 and 6, Genoa Township Precincts 1,2,3,5,9-12, and Oceola Township Precinct 2.

Commissioner Deaton has been appointed as Chairman of the General Government and Health & Humans Services Committee, Vice Chairman of the Personnel Committee, and a member of the Finance and Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Deaton serves on many subcommittees including the Community Corrects Advisory Board,  Parks & Open Spaces Advisory Committee, Brighton & Howell Chambers of Commerce and is active in many Veteran and Public service organizations to better the quality of life in Livingston County.

Martin Smith

District 7

Martin Smith represents District 7, which includes all of the City of Brighton 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 a member of the Personnel and the Finance & Asset Management Committees. Commissioner Smith also serves on the Economic Development Board and Sanitary Code Board of Appeals.

Board Vice Chairman, Nick Fiani

District 8

Commissioner Nick Fiani represents District 8, which includes Genoa Charter Township Precincts 4, 6-8 and Hamburg Township Precincts 1-4, 7-8.

Commissioner Fiani was elected in November 2022 to serve the 2023-2024 term. As County Commissioner he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance and Asset Management Committee. He also serves as a member of the Courts, Public Safety & Infrastructure Development Committee and the Personnel Committee. Commissioner Fiani also serves on the following subcommittees: Drain Board; Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund, Retiree Health Care Plan Board of Trustees, Retirement Plan Advisory Committee, and the Tax Allocation Board.

Jerome Gross

District 9

Commissioner Gross represents District 9, which includes all of Green Oak Charter Township 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 Vice Chairman of the General Government and Health & Human Services Committee Vice Chairman of the Finance & Asset Management Committee. Commissioner Gross serves on the Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB) and the South East Michigan Council of Governments.

Role of the Board

The Livingston County Board of Commissioners consists of nine members elected every two years. The chief role of our County Board is to be the legislative body of Livingston County government. As such, it serves as the “prime originating source” of our County activities. The main responsibility of a legislative body is to critically evaluate the proposals for change from the status quo to a path of continual improvement.
 
An important dimension of the Board involves the oversight function: inquiring into the affairs and activities of the various County agencies, assessing their performance, and providing new policy direction or problem solving assistance.
 
Other functions 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.
 
Source: “County Government at Work” 1998-1999 Edition, Professor Lynn Harvey & Professor Kenneth VerBurg
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Phone

(517) 546-3520

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Location

304 E Grand River Ave
Suite 201
Howell, MI 48843

Fax

(517) 546-7266