Cass County Michigan Democratic Party

Commissioner's Corner

Commissioner E. Clark Cobb
District 7
City of Dowagiac and Pokagon Twp.

Some of the most common questions I get when campaigning are "What does a commissioner do and what are the responsibilities of a county commissioner?"

A county commissioner is much like what a school board member is to a school. Commissioners approve the budget and spending, including the approval of contracts, and sometimes creating and implementing county policy. To be sure, this can sometimes become a stressful job. After all, you are often times dealing with people's jobs and their livelihood.
The commission has recently been reduced from 15 to seven beginning in 2013 in order to reduce cost and increase efficiency. We have also implemented meeting as a "committee of the the whole" in which we meet at 6 p.m. in a rather informal meeting where issues are discussed by both commissioners and people in the audience. The regular meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held on the first and third Thursday of each month. You are encouraged to attend.
Commissioners are also put on other county boards and committees, such as the Parks board, certain budget committees, Solid Waste Consortium, Southwestern Michigan Community Action Agency and liaisons for the Road Commission, The Cass County Council on Aging and many more.  We are also in close contact with state legislators, so we are a good source of information with what is coming down through your state government.
It is also my duty to keep my constituents informed about issues that may directly affect them such as property tax issues, policies of the county, or even use or upkeep of the county's parks. I will be glad to discuss anything on your mind and/or look into anything I may not be able to immediately answer dealing with county business.

Anybody who has questions regarding the operations or funding of Cass County's departments or functions may reach me at 269-357-5556 or email at