Located in the mid-section of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan with abundant water and outdoor recreational opportunities, Missaukee County is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader/facilitator to build on the progress made by its first county administrator.
Agriculture and tourism are the primary industries in the County which is known as the “Christmas Tree Capital.” Close to hunting, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, Missaukee County is four-season destination for residents in southern Michigan and adjoining Midwestern States. A lower cost of living and high quality of life attract many visitors to relocate to the County following retirement.
Missaukee County was originally part of Mackinaw County and was first organized in 1871. The elected Board of Commissioners are experienced and worked well with the first county administrator over her five-year tenure with the County. The elected officials generally reflect the rural, conservative nature of their constituents.
The laid-back nature of the community and good public school systems lends itself well to family life. Special events and celebrations provide entertainment options for all ages.
With a population which swells in the summer months, the area has managed to keep its small town feel and agricultural roots. About 30percent of dwelling units are rental cottages or second homes primarily owned by residents of the more populated southern tier of Michigan. Nearby north-south freeways, US-127 and I-75, provide easy access to population centers including the metro Detroit area.
Year-round recreational and sporting activities (e.g. camping, fishing, hunting and golf) are readily accessible and support a thriving tourist industry in the County. Off-Road Vehicle & non-motorized trail systems traverse the area which offer additional outdoor activity options.
The County Administrator functions as the chief financial officer within the organization, and the successful candidate will possess excellent skills in all aspects of governmental budgeting, finance, and resource allocation. A four year degree in public administration or a related field and three to five years local government experience are preferred.
The County offers a competitive package of benefits and has set the starting salary range for the new administrator at $72,000 to $80,000 based on qualifications.