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Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Governing Board


SWMPC Board Membership

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) Board includes 42 voting representatives selected to represent the region’s three Counties, Berrien, Cass and Van Buren, as well as, city, village, township officials and citizen members who represent different interests.  Representatives are appointed by the member organizations or municipalities.  Each year, the Commissioners select officers and the Commission Chairperson makes appointments of member representatives to the Commission’s committees.  


Cass County is currently represented in all eligible capacities.  Berrien County has one Commissioner seat and two Municipal Appointment seats vacant, while Van Buren County has one Citizen Representative seat and one Township Representative seat vacant.  Of the thirty-eight current appointments, ten of the members are female and four are of a minority group.


SWMPC Administration Committee

The Administration committee, a subcommittee of the SWMPC Board, oversees all management and operations, and is currently comprised of the Board Officers, the most recent previous chairman and four additional appointees chosen to provide leadership representative of the region.  The administration Committee includes five female members and one member of a minority group.


SWMPC Board Officers

SWMPC Board Officers are selected with the intent to provide representation for each of the regions counties.  Gloria Payne of Berrien County is serving her first one-year term as chairman of The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission.  Barb Cook, a Cass County Citizen Representative serves as vice-chairman.  Yemi Akinwale, a Berrien County Citizen Representative, serves as Treasurer and Rich Remus of Berrien County is the Alternate Treasurer.  Linda Preston of Cass County is the Secretary, and Frances Sage of Van Buren County is the Alternate Secretary.



2018 Board Meeting Schedule


2017 Board Members    






Annual Report

2012 Full Annual Report 

2011 Full Annual Report 


2010 Full Annual Report




Audits/Financial Report


2015 Audit


2014 Audit


2013 Audit


2012 Audit


2011 Audit


2010 Audit






This page last updated on 3/1/2018.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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