Current Board & Commission Openings


The Public Works Board has a vacancy that need to be filled. The primary purpose of the Board of Public Works is to provide assistance in financing the municipal water, sewer, and storm systems within the County. Membership consists of the Drain Commissioner in addition to six other members. The terms for the Public Works Board are three years. Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:30 at the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph.

The Economic Development Corporation board has a vacancy to be filled. This Board is the issuing authority for Tax Exempt Revenue Bonds for Berrien County. It was established to coordinate economic development efforts, promote business investment and job creation within the County. The corporation is composed of elected and private business officials appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The membership includes the Chairman of the Board, Finance Committee Chairman, and one other member of the Finance Committee as well as six other private business persons representing banking, industry, and utilities. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph. The term would be for six years.

The Planning Commission has a vacancy that needs to be filled. The Planning Commission consists of up to 11 members individually representing important segments of economic, governmental, educational, and social life development of the county. A majority shall not hold any other office. Up to three members of the Board of Commissioners are allowed. The Planning Commission has no actual zoning or land use planning authority, rather its role is advisory in nature. The Planning Commissioner consists of four basic functions: 1) To draft the County's Master plan every five years. 2)To review and comment on local community Master Plans (in order to ensure land use consistency between neighboring communities). 3) To review amendments to local zoning ordinances. 4) To review rezoning actions of local communities. the term is for three years. 

The 9-1-1 Advisory Board has a vacancy that needs to be filled. The purpose of the 9-1-1 Advisory Board is to promote the continued operation of the 911 Emergency System, to promote public awareness, to assist County Public Service Access Points (PSAP's) in providing service to their recipients and to assist the Berrien County Board of Commissioners by giving advice and making suggestions with resect to the operation of the 911 Emergency System. Meetings are held every other month on a Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at 2100 Empire Ave., Benton Harbor. 

Contact Information / Applications

Anyone interested in serving on this board may contact the Berrien County Administration office for an application at 269-983-7111, ext. 8095 or email. The application (PDF) is also available.