Last night the Emmet County Board of Commissioners held an organizational meeting.
It was the first time that the new commissioners (Chuck Laughbaum, Don Mapes, Rich Ginop, and Brian Gutowski) met with the returning commissioners (Dave White, Neil Ahrens, and Matt Koontz).
The purpose of the meeting was to elect the leadership, as well as divvy up committee assignments. We are very pleased that Rich, by a 4-3 vote prevailing over Dave, was elected as chair. Brian was elected as vice-chair. We are also pleased that Rich and Don Mapes were elected to serve on the Board of Health/Northwest Michigan over Matt who wasn't too enthusiastic about medical freedom when he served on that board.
Rich is eager to champion responsible government and reform, the kind that benefits overlooked taxpayers instead of special interests. We wish him the best as he and his fellow commissioners tackle the challenges of 2023.