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Resources for the Newly Elected/Appointed

On this page, you'll find a wide variety of resources to help you in your new position, from handbooks and fact sheets to videos, listservs and links to other sites with valuable information.


Organization of City and Village Government in Michigan

Handbook for Municipal Officials - Home Rule Villages, Home Rule Cities

General Law Village Handbook - General Law Villages

Meetings: Agendas & Minutes

One Pagers Plus
A collection of one page documents on an array of different topics. A few that will be the most useful following your election are:
1. Open Meetings Act
2. Freedom of Information Act
3. Adopting the Budget
4. Contracts of Public Servants with Public Entities

Sample Council Orientation Packets

Council Orientation Article

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
A collection of questions and answers which are derived from responses to research inquiries from our member communities.

Local Government 101
This streaming video provides a general outline of the structure and functionality of local government.

Listserv Sign up
A great method of networking with other officials from around the state. The listserv lists include: Education Training Newsletter, Legislative Link, Michigan Association of Mayors, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and Village listservs.


Elections Bureau

Michigan Association of Mayors

Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks

Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Michigan Government Finance Officers Association


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