Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners is responsible for approving general annual budgets of other County officials, raising money to fund County operations, and representing the County through the adoption of rules, regulations and policies; among many other services.
Bureau of Equalization
The Bureau of Equalization carries out both property appraisal and mapping functions on behalf of taxpayers and municipalities in Kent County.
The Central Services department provides the following services to County departments: printing, microfilming, messenger, mail processing, and a secure records storage space.
The Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000, in all criminal cases where the offense is a felony or a serious misdemeanor, all domestic relations cases, and all child abuse, neglect, and delinquency cases.
The Community Action Division focuses on meeting emergency needs such as, but not limited to, food, utility assistance, housing, transportation and socialization for residents of Kent County.
The Administrator's Office is responsible for assisting the Board in meeting identified goals; developing annual budget recommendations; preparing agenda items for the Board of Commissioners; developing procedures to accompany Board policies; providing legal counsel in all legal County matters; conducting program, departmental, and management analyses; coordinating the pursuit of the Board's legislative agenda; and providing general administrative support.
The Clerk issues, indexes, and records vital records, such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, and death certificates. As Register of Deeds, this position is responsible for receiving, recording and reproducing all documents affecting real property ownership. The Clerk is also responsible for all election activities in Kent County. As Clerk of the Court, the County Clerk receives, indexes & maintains all Circuit Court files and collects all court fines, costs and victim restitution payments.
The Correctional Facility is a system of facilities that house the inmates committed to the custody of the Sheriff. In addition to these, the jail always has a small number of inmates out on Writs that are temporarily lodged in other jails or prisons.
A district court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000. and handles garnishments, eviction proceedings, land contract and mortgage foreclosures, and other proceedings. Kent County has five District Courts.
The Office of the Drain Commissioner maintains the Kent County drains and storm water detention ponds. They also assist in watershed studies.
The County Clerk oversees all elections conducted in Kent County with respect to Michigan and Federal election law.
Facilities management provides technical and managerial support for Kent County buildings and properties. They are also involved in the sale and purchase of County property and real estate.
Fiscal Services manages County accounting, budgets and payroll; the department provides the County's annual financial report and audit.
The department manages many County department vehicles, mostly related to law enforcement or court functions. Fleet Services provides scheduled vehicle maintenance, provides fuel and maintains vehicle and parts inventory.
Friend of the Court
The Friend of the Court is the collection, enforcement and investigative arm of the Circuit Court in the area of domestic relations.
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. A GIS helps us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.
The Health Department provides information and services to citizens of Kent County in an effort to promote public health. The Health Department provides preventative services, such as vision and hearing screening for citizens.
Human Resources is responsible for hiring, and providing services for, County employees; the department maintains efforts to sustain a diverse work force, and provides training and development programs for employees.
The Information Technology (IT) department provides and manages software, hardware and telecommunication systems for use by County departments.
Kent/MSU Extension Office
The Michigan State University Extension provides information relating to locally-identified issues. The Kent/MSU Extension provides Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resource programs, as well as education programs including waste management, financial planning and farm management information.
The Probate Court is a Court of statutory jurisdiction, primarily concerned with the protection of incapacitated or mentally ill individuals and their assets, and the proper transfer of assets at death.
The Prosecutor's Office is a representative for the State or County in Circuit or District Court cases.
The Department of Public Works provides solid waste management services. The department maintains the solid waste disposal sites, recycling facilities and the waste-to-energy facility.
The Purchasing Department is responsible for procuring goods and services for the County departments. The department provides requests for bids, proposals and quotes, and is also responsible for the sale of surplus county goods.
Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds (who in Kent County, also serves as the County Clerk) records and indexes all documents related to property in Kent County; the department provides real property records dating back to 1970 for purchase online.
The Kent County Road Commission is responsible for maintaining County roads; the Road Commission provides road closure and construction information.
The Kent County Sheriff's Department provides general law enforcement and corrections operations to the community.
The Treasurer collects lodging and delinquent real property taxes and manages other County funds received.