Oakland County Board of Commissioners
Oakland County, MichiganBoard of Commissioners


Apply to serve on County Boards, Committees and Commissions

Members of the general public are periodically needed to fill seats on various county boards and commissions. Applications are currently being sought for positions on the: 

 2014 Golden Post Award

The human trafficking social media campaign organized by the Oakland County Board and the Oakland County Information Technology Social Media Division placed 3rd in the Best Government Social Media Campaign Category at the 2015 Government Social Media Conference & Expo in Reno, Nevada.  The winning campaign used official County channels to implement a social media strategy promoting the Board's 2014 "Learn About the Impact of Human Trafficking" forum, which drew 650 people to the two-day event. Social Media Award.jpg

 2014 NACo Award Winner

The National Association of Counties (NACo) honored Oakland County with a 2014 Achievement Award recognizing the Board's Public Services Committee's “Study Group on Preventing Gun Violence in Oakland County” in the category of Civic Education and Public Information.

Oakland County Board of Commissioners

 Pictured is the 2015-2016 Oakland County Board of Commissioners. For each Commissioner's biography and contact information, please click here.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is the legislative branch of county government  The board consists of 21 elected members, one for each of the 21 districts.  Each county district consists of approximately 57,000 residents. Commissioners serve a 2-year term and are chosen through a partisan election.
The powers and duties of the Oakland Board of Commissioners include:
  • Establishing and revising county policies
  • Establishing the property tax millage rate
  • Adopting the annual county budget and long-range capital improvement program
  • Adopting ordinances and rules
  • Adopting the county development plan
  • Establishing the authority, duties and responsibilities of county departments  

Organization Recognizes County Board Chairman

Homes for Autism will present the distinguished 2015 Golden Ring of Hope Award to Oakland County Chairman Michael Gingell.on November 21st.

He was selected because of his involvement with organizations that support autism and his community service. Read more

For more information on how to get involved, go to homesforautism.org or call 586-477-0993.

1:45 children are diagnosed  with Autism and 1:88 individuals according to the latest data reports.​

Great Lakes Water Authority

Visit the Great Lakes Regional Water Authority page to get the facts and learn more about the historic June 12th water and services agreement signed by Oakland County.

 Oakland County Discount Dental Program

As the costs of dental coverage continue to increase, people need options to lower these out-of-pocket expenses. Oakland County Discount Dental program may be able to help.  This is a discount program that gives members access to thousands of credentialed dentists nationwide, but is not dental insurance.

Please click here forTooth.jpg more information and to apply to join the program.

 Oakland County Discount Prescription Drug Card

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Coast2Coast Rx Card is a free prescription discount card provided for county residents. This card helps people reduce prescription expenses.  Card holders can save up to 55% on prescription drugs.  For more information, please click on the logo below or call 1-800-931-8872.

 Procedure Information for Vacancy of Elected Board Officials

Press Release from Chairperson Michael Gingell on filling District 15 Commissioner Vacancy.

Application Form for District 15 residents in Rochester/Rochester Hills.

Commissioner Vacancy

Per the State statute, Michigan Public Act 261, the Board shall appoint a new Commissioner for the balance of the term. The Commission ​must make such an appointment within 30 days of the effective date of the vacancy or a special election would be required.

Vice Chairperson Vacancy

Per our Board Rules, should a vacancy occur in the office Vice Chairperson of the Board, an election to fill the remainder of the year’s term shall be held at the next regular Board meeting, after which at least 14 days have elapsed since the effective date of the vacancy.  The Board must wait at least 14 days from the effective date of the resignation, not the notice of intent to resign.

The term of office for a Board Vice Chairperson is one year, per state law. The Board will need to vote again in January 2016 on the election of a Vice Chairperson for that calendar year. The statute calls for the election to be held annually at the first meeting of the year of which that person is to be elected.

 Latest Updates & Events from the Board

Board of Commissioners Passes Balanced Budget Before October 1, 2015 Deadline


On September 17, 2015, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a balanced budget for FY 2015-2016 with total expenditures of approximately $826 million.  The Board approved an additional two-year budget plan for FY 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.  Oakland County is the first and only county to budget on a three-year rolling basis.  For more information regarding the budget, please click here.

Gun Safety Awareness Efforts

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners - in partnership with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office - hosted a gun safety lock press conference in Pontiac, Michigan.  Gun safety locks were given to local law enforcement agencies to distribute to the public in honor of Gun Safety Awareness Day on June 5, 2015.

Gun Safety Lock Flyer
2015 Partners List

BOC Public Service Announcements
Gun Lock PSA
Mental Health PSA
Video Game Safety PSA
Project ChildSafe PSA

National Shooting Sports Foundation Website ​​