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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.