Supervisor’s Office


Mailing Address: 3720 Keewahdin Road, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
Phone: (810) 385-4489 x1100
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Supervisor Statutory Duties and Authority 
~Moderates board and annual meetings
~Chief assessing officer (if certified)
~Secretary to Board of Review
~Township’s legal agent
~Must maintain records of supervisor’s office
~Responsible for tax allocation board budget (if applicable)
~Develops township budget
~Appoints some commission members
~To see that all laws and township ordinances are enforced
~To manage and supervise all public improvements, works, and undertakings of the township
~To have charge of the construction, repair, maintenance, lighting and cleaning of streets, sidewalks, bridges, pavements, sewers, and of all the public buildings or other property belonging to the township
~To manage and supervise the operation of all township utilities
~To be responsible for the preservation of property, tools, and appliances of the township
~To see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the township or its inhabitants in any public utility franchise, or in any contract, are faithfully kept and performed
~To attend all meetings of the township board
~To be a member, ex officio, of all committees of the township board
~To prepare and administer the annual budget under policies formulated by the township board and keep the said board fully advised at all times as to the financial condition and needs of the township
~To recommend to the township board for adoption such measures as he/she may deem necessary or expedient
~To be responsible to the township board for the efficient administration of all departments of the township government
~To act as the purchasing agent for the township or, under his/her responsibility, delegate such duties to some other officer or employee
~To conduct all sales of personal property which the township board may authorize to be sold
~To assume all the duties and responsibilities as personnel director of all township employees or delegate such duties to some other officer or employee
~To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by [the Charter Township Act] or required of him/her by ordinance or by direction of the township board, or which are not assigned to some other official in conformity with the provisions of [the Charter Township Act].

Core Competencies: The Building Blocks of Township Government
To ensure that all township officials have the opportunity to learn what they need to know to carry out their statutory  duties as well as understand effective township management practices, the Michigan Townships Association  has identified “core competencies.” Essentially, they are the “nuts and bolts” that each of the four elected offices at the township level should know and/or be skilled in to successfully perform their duties.

The list should not be construed as all-inclusive; rather they should be considered an overview of the knowledge and skill sets that an individual should possess. Note that each checklist is dynamic in the sense that it will change over time, adapting to legislation, legal issues, and other factors that impact township government and the responsibilities of the elected official.

The core competencies address two goals: (1) to create a more-informed, better-educated cadre of township officials who are more confident and competent in carrying out their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities; and (2) to generate greater effectiveness on the part of local government. Below are the core competencies for the Supervisor. Please visit the Clerk, Treasurer, and Board of Trustees pages to see the core competencies for those positions.

Township Government Operations
~Demonstrates knowledge about township (general law or charter) government responsibilities, functions and powers
~Identifies the major functions of each branch of government—local, state and federal—along with their relationship to one another
-Understands the statutory duties and responsibilities of the office of township supervisor
~Aware of the roles and responsibilities of other elected and appointed offices in the township
~Demonstrates knowledge of the various committees, boards and commissions serving the township, including their roles and responsibilities
~Understands how township policies and procedures are set
~Demonstrates knowledge of how ordinances are lawfully adopted and legally enforced

Interpersonal Skills
~Communicates effectively
~Listens attentively
~Works effectively with individuals, departments, and committees to achieve desired outcomes
~Possesses knowledge of what constitutes ethical behavior
~Manages adversity and hostility effectively

Leadership Abilities
~Possesses vision, especially relative to the township’s needs or potential
~Leads effective board meetings and is knowledgeable about parliamentary procedure
~Possesses effective policy-making skills and decision-making skills
~Utilizes consensus-building techniques
~Possesses persuasive/influential abilities
~Motivates others to achieve desired outcomes
~Utilizes public relations skills to position the township positively

Management Skills
~Makes decisions consistent with desired outcomes
~Utilizes strategic planning to attain objectives
~Develops and oversees the budget
~Understands purchasing policies and the bid process
~Possesses knowledge of personnel administration
~Understands the collective bargaining process, including legal framework (only applicable to some townships)
~Negotiates issues and contracts effectively

Township Issues
~Possesses knowledge about current issues affecting townships
~Aware of legal matters that could impact the township
~Understands the elements of risk management
~Aware of financial matters affecting the township, including revenue sources
~Possesses knowledge about land use
~Understands the planning and zoning process
~Possesses knowledge of township services and their policy implications