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Washtenaw County Government

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Washtenaw County, one of the first counties in Michigan, was established in 1822 and fully organized by 1827. An agent of the state government, it carries out the responsibilities of the state, but it also has independent executive and, in a few cases, legislative powers.

The county's general information line is (734) 222-6850. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor 48107. Contact via email form on website:

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220 N. Main [map]
(734) 222-6850

Appointed by the board of commissioners, county administrator Gregory Dill is responsible for the overall management of county departments, agencies, and offices.

Board of Commissioners

220 N. Main [map]
(734) 222-6850

The chief policy-making body of county government, the board has 9 members, elected to 2-year terms. Commissioners are Kent Martinez-Kratz (District 1;, Michelle Deatrick (District 2;, Alicia Ping (District 3;, Felicia Brabec (District 4;, Ruth Ann Jamnick (District 5;, Ricky Jefferson (District 6;, Andy LaBarre (District 7;, Jason Morgan (District 8;, and Conan Smith (District 9;

For a map of the districts, visit Commissioners' duties include adopting countywide ordinances, overseeing county operations and facilities, adopting the annual budget, (including all county departments), and making appointments to boards, committees, and commissions.

The board of commissioners meets 1st & 3rd Wed. 6:45 p.m., preceded by a Ways and Means committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Working sessions 1st & 3rd Thurs. 6:30 p.m. All meetings at 220 N. Main; call (734) 222-6850 to confirm times. Meetings broadcast on CTN cable channel 16.

Building Inspection

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 222-3900

Building Inspection provides enforcement of the State Construction Code to ensure the minimum safety standards of building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems in the city of Dexter and townships of Augusta, Lodi, Saline, Scio, and Webster. Automated scheduling: (734) 222-3720.

Clerk/Register of Deeds

200 N. Main [map]
(734) 222-6700

This combined office is headed by Lawrence Kestenbaum (D), an elected official whose four-year term expires Dec. 2020. He and his staff maintain official county records (births, deaths, marriages, divorces, military discharges, business names, concealed weapons permits, and board of commissioners records), monitor the conduct of elections, and keep all land ownership records for property in the county.

Human Resources

220 N. Main [map]
(734) 222-6800

County job openings are posted each week on Click on "Your Government," "Departments," and "Human Resources" to view positions. If you cannot apply online, download the application and mail or fax it (734-222-6775) before the stated deadline. Applications also accepted in person at the Human Resources office, 220 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED)

415 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, 2nd floor [map]
(734) 544-6748

Works to enhance quality of life for all Washtenaw County residents by delivering programs and initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, human services, economic development and community infrastructure. OCED serves local individuals, families, and communities through a mix of direct services, public policy development, and investment of monetary and technical support.

Programs include: Foster Grandparent Program (734-544-3040) offering opportunities for seniors age 55 and older to volunteer with children in a community/educational setting. Human Services (734-544-6762) providing emergency services such as eviction prevention and utility and food assistance. Senior Nutrition Program Meals on Wheels and Senior Cafes (734-544-6747) providing meals to seniors in settings such as community and senior centers throughout Washtenaw County. Washtenaw Housing Education Partners Homebuyer Education Program (734-222-9595) providing potential homebuyers housing seminars and individual pre-purchase housing counseling. Weatherization & Home Rehabilitation (734-544-3008) providing income eligible county homeowners and renters with free energy efficiency improvements, and assisting eligible county property owners with rehabilitations, emergency repairs, and accessibility ramps.

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200 N. Main [map]
(734) 222-6620

The prosecuting attorney and assistants are responsible for criminal cases in the county that fall under state law. Prosecutor Brian Mackie (D), (, an elected official whose 4-year term expires Dec. 2020, is the chief law enforcement officer for the county. The prosecutor must authorize, in writing, any criminal prosecution. The prosecutor also enforces child support and handles juvenile court matters. For questions about child support, call (734) 222-6630. Advocates in the Victim/Witness Assistance Program (734) 222-6650 inform victims of their rights and the status of their cases.

Public Defender

220 E. Huron, 5th floor [map]
(734) 222-6970

Chief public defender Delphia Simpson and her staff provide court-appointed legal counsel for adults, determined to be unable to pay for a lawyer, who are charged with felonies or misdemeanors and for juveniles charged with delinquencies or who are victims of neglect or abuse. The office also helps answer legal questions and works for crime prevention, justice, rehabilitation, reduced recidivism, and training and employment opportunities for persons subject to discrimination.

Public Health

555 Towner St, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 544-6700

See Health Care section, p.

Road Commission

555 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 761-1500

The road commission and its staff, headed by chair Douglas Fuller, are responsible for providing a road system that is reasonably safe and convenient. All primary roads and most paved and gravel roads in the outlying areas of the county are maintained by road commission crews, who provide dust control, gravel road grading, snow removal, pavement resurfacing, storm drainage, and tree removal. Other services include road and bridge construction, sign and signal maintenance, pavement marking, and guardrail repairs. The commission does not maintain privately owned streets.,


2201 Hogback [map]
Emergency: call 911. Nonemergency: (734) 971-8400

Sheriff Jerry Clayton (D), an elected official whose four-year term expires Jan. 2021, enforces all criminal, civil, and traffic laws of the county and conducts investigations of unusual, violent, or accidental deaths. The sheriff executes the orders of the courts, arrests and detains accused offenders, manages the county jail facilities, and coordinates law enforcement activities of the county and state. For townships and villages in outlying areas that have contracted with the sheriff's office, it responds to calls for assistance and provides uniformed road patrols.


200 N. Main, #200 [map]
(734) 222-6600

County treasurer Catherine McClary (D), an elected official whose 4-year term expires Dec. 2020, is the custodian of all county funds and portfolio manager for the county's investments. She is responsible for receiving, depositing, and accounting for all county revenue and state education tax. Her office collects delinquent property taxes and assists people with financial hardships in paying their property taxes. It also certifies deeds and issues dog licenses for residents outside Ann Arbor.

Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs

2155 Hogback [map]
(734) 973-4540

Provides assistance to veterans, their survivors, and dependents to complete and file claims for federal, state, and local benefits, including in monthly VA entitlements, financial assistance, and burial reimbursements. Emergency financial grants for food, utilities, and shelter; veteran health care information; substance abuse referrals; and employment referrals. Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for Walk-In; and 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. by appointment only. Staff in the office 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (click on Government, Departments, then Veterans Affairs).

Washtenaw County Environmental Health

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 222-3800

This division of the county health department protects and improves the quality of the environment and the health of residents. If you believe you have gotten sick from food you ate at a restaurant or bought at a grocery store in Washtenaw County, call the number above. The Environmental Health Division inspects restaurants and other food service facilities, public pools and beaches, campgrounds, child care centers, facilities storing hazardous materials, well and septic systems, and body art facilities. It also investigates foodborne illness complaints, offers information on water testing, and provides environmental education on a variety of topics. Consultation on sanitation, groundwater contamination, mold, radon, pests and more, is available.

Water Resources Commission

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 222-6860

Commissioner, Evan Pratt (, an elected official whose term expires Jan. 2021, coordinates stormwater management, develops strategies for flood and erosion control, and participates in the development of related storm-water and land-use policies, plans, and programs. The commissioner also conducts activities to protect the quality of storm drains and waterways; prepares special assessments for drains; maintains court-set lake levels and constructs and maintains associated facilities; establishes standards and reviews plans for storm drainage projects; manages and finances drain construction projects and watershed management plans; and educates the public on drain issues.

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