720 W. Chisholm Street Suite 7
Alpena, MI 49707-2453
P: 989.354.9500 F: 989.354.9648 
E: commissionersoffice@alpenacounty.org
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Executive Manager: Tammy Sumerix-Bates
Board Assistant: Lynn Bunting


County Commissioners are elected officials who oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly.

Tammy Sumerix-Bates Executive Manager
Tammy Sumerix-Bates
Executive Manager

County commissioners spend a lot of time working with and representing people. They attend regular meetings of the county board as well as meetings of board sub-committees and county-related boards and commissions. They represent county concerns before local, state and national boards and commissions, including school boards, city councils, township boards, and state and federal offices. County commissioners work with constituents and respond to constituent concerns.

Newly elected commissioners take office the first Monday in January following their election. While no minimum education or prior experience is required for becoming a county commissioner, individual backgrounds and personalities can enhance the effectiveness of county commissioners.

Lynn Bunting Board Assistant
Lynn Bunting
Board Assistant

Useful experiences include having operated a business; service on a township, school board or city council; involvement in community activities; and management experience. Personal traits that can benefit county commissioners include a sense of humor, an open mind, a vision of where county government should go, an ability to compromise, and an ability to delegate. Effective communication and negotiation skills are also important, since county commissioners spend a lot of time communicating and negotiating. Commissioners’ terms are two years.


Kim Elkie
Kim Elkie
Board Administrative Assistant

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