Midland County Board reappoints Bone as chairman

Midland County Board of Commissioners (front row, from left): Gaye Terwillegar, R-District 4; Vice Chair James Geisler, R-District 5; and Jeanette Snyder, R-District 1; (back row, from left) Eric Dorrien, R-District 6; Chair Mark Bone, R-District 2; Steve Glaser, R-District 3; and Scott Noesen, R-District 7.
Midland County Board of Commissioners (front row, from left): Gaye Terwillegar, R-District 4; Vice Chair James Geisler, R-District 5; and Jeanette Snyder, R-District 1; (back row, from left) Eric Dorrien, R-District 6; Chair Mark Bone, R-District 2; Steve Glaser, R-District 3; and Scott Noesen, R-District 7.

As he has for seven of the last eight years, Mark Bone will continue to wield the gavel as chairman of the Midland County Board of Commissioners.

Thursday saw the all-Republican board hold its initial meeting of 2018. At the organizational meeting, Bone, 2nd District, was the only nomination for chair. Scott Noesen, 7th District, nominated Bone, who won by a unanimous voice vote.

"Thank you all for the trust you have placed in me, electing me chairman again," Bone said. "I look forward to working with you."

Bone began serving as a commissioner in 2009 and was elected chair during 2011. Since 2011, the only year he has not been chair was 2014 when Jim Leigeb was elected chair. Even though the board consisted entirely of Republicans that year, there were many differences of opinions.

"I think we have a great board going forward. In the public, I get positive comments about our team and that has not always been the case," Bone said.

Three commissioners, Jeanette Snyder, 1st District, Steve Glaser, 3rd District, and Gaye Terwillegar, 4th District, just finished up their first year serving on the board.

"I think it was a great board last year," Bone said. "The new commissioners got up to speed fast and you've been a pleasure to work with."

Having been elected in 2011, Jim Geisler, 5th District, will begin his eighth year as a commissioner. Eric Dorrien, 6th District, began serving June 2012 when he was appointed to fill the seat of Jim Bradley, who resigned. Noesen began his tenure on the board in 2015.

The board leadership structure remained identical to 2017 as Geisler was unanimously elected vice-chair. Geisler will also chair the administration and operations committee. Commissioners Noesen and Dorrien serve with Geisler.

Noesen was reappointed chairman of the finance committee. Geisler and Snyder will aid Noesen with county financial matters. Dorrien (chair), Terwillegar and Glaser combine for the human services committee.

Contact information for each commissioner can be found at: co.midland.mi.us/Commissioners.aspx