- Elected Officials
Prosecuting Attorney - Sheriff - County Clerk - Treasurer
Board Of Commissioners
The Eaton County Board of Commissioners is the governing body representing the citizens of Eaton County. The fifteen members of the Board are elected on a partisan basis for a two year term. County Commissioners manage a variety of responsibilities including adoption of an annual county budget, planning long-range capital improvement programs, establishing county policies, enacting ordinances and adopting resolutions. Commissioners also serve on Eaton County Committees such as Health and Human Services, Information Technology and Communications, Public Safety Committee, Public Works and Planning and Ways and Means Committee.
County Clerk & Register of Deeds
The County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk and Register of Deeds is a partisan elective four year term in Eaton County. Duties are prescribed by state statue. As County Clerk, responsibilities include presenting and preparing Board of Commissioner minutes, serve as Chief Elections Officer, Clerk of the Gun Board and keeper of all vital records such as Birth, Death and Marriage. Circuit Court Clerk maintains all divorce, law and criminal records as well as keeper of the Circuit Court Seal. The Register of deeds follows all prescribed duties indicated by state law on the official recording and/or filing of all legal documents affecting Real Property in Eaton County.
The Drain Commissioner is an elective four year term in Eaton County. Drain Commissioner is responsible for constructing and maintaining public storm drains throughout Eaton County, Statutory authority for the office is derived from Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended, commonly referred to as the Michigan Drain Code. On behalf of over 700 drainage districts (including two lake levels), the drain commissioner may acquire temporary and permanent easements, own and sell lands, execute contracts and levy assessments to cover the expense of building and maintaining an adequate stormwater infrastructure.
The Prosecuting Attorney is a constitutional officer in Michigan elected to a 4-year term. Statutes impose responsibilities on the Prosecuting Attorney. Duties include issuing felony and misdemeanor criminal charges and juvenile delinquency petitions against people accused of violating state laws, and county or specified local ordinances; prosecuting civil infractions; assisting and consulting with crime victims; protecting neglected or abused children; establishing paternity and initial child support orders; appealing grants of parole;consulting with law enforcement agencies on policies for officers responding to domestic violence calls; representing Personal Protection Order petitioners in violations hearings, and petitioners in mental illness cases; serving on the county child death review committee; serving on drug, alcohol and veterans’ specialty court treatment teams; investigating and prosecuting violations of the Open Meetings Act and Incompatible Offices Act; etc.
The Sheriff is a partisan, elective position maintaining a four year term. The Sheriff is accountable for the establishment, maintenance and operation of the County Jail and all ancillary services. Michigan Law provides that the Sheriff is the Officer responsible for providing patrol and traffic services on county primary and local roads. The mission Eaton County Office of the Sheriff is to be the model of law enforcement and public safety excellence by working in partnership with the community and others to fight crime and the fear of crime, to enforce the laws while safeguarding the constitutional rights of all people and to provide quality service to all of our residents and visitors.
The County Treasurer is a Constitutional Officer and elected to a four year term. Principal duties of the Treasurer are collector of all delinquent property taxes, custodian of all county funds, and is a member of the County Tax Allocation Board and County Plat Board by law. Ancillary responsibilities include the facilitation of real property tax auctions, maintaining foreclosed real property inventory, certification of warranty deeds, collection of inheritance taxes for the State on order of the Probate Court, manages the dog licenses program, issues tax histories and searches. As custodian of all county funds, manages bond issues, and oversees the investments of county funds.
Circuit Court Judges
Circuit Court Judges are nonpartisan individuals elected to a six year term. The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction with the broadest judicial powers in Michigan. The Circuit Court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases. The Family Division of Circuit Court handles cases regarding divorce, custody and support. The Circuit Court also hears cases appealed from the District Court, certain matters from the Probate Court and appeals of decisions from local and state administrative agencies.
Probate Court Judge
A Probate Judge is a nonpartisan position elected to a six year term. The Eaton County Probate Court presides over court issues including wills, deceased estates & trusts, guardianship/conservatorship, involuntary treatment of the mentally ill, name changes, emancipation, marriage without publicity, and delayed registration of birth. In addition, the Eaton County Probate Judge handles some cases of divorce, custody and support from the Family Division of Circuit Court.
District Court Judges
The 56A District Court includes two District Judges who are elected on nonpartisan ballots for a term of six years. The Eaton County 56A District Court presides over all adult misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year, traffic cases, civil cases up to $25,000 including small claims disputes up to $6,000, landlord/tenant disputes, civil infractions, including traffic and parking violations as well as preliminary examinations in felony cases.