119 East Michigan Ave., Clinton, MI 49236  | Phone: 517-456-7494 | Fax: 517-456-6350

Governmental Structure

General Law Village. The Village of Clinton is incorporated as a general law village with a Council/ Manager form of government. The Village Council is the highest elected body. It consists of a President and six Council members all elected at large. The clerk and treasurer are appointed.

The President is the highest elected official of the Village and presides at meetings of the Council. The President shall be considered a member of the Council, and shall have the right to vote upon any question before the Council.

The Village Clerk shall keep the corporate seal and all documents, official bonds, papers, files and records of the Village. The clerk attend Council meetings and maintain a record of all the proceedings and resolutions of the Village.

The Village Treasurer shall have custody of all moneys, bonds and other than official, mortgages, notes, leases, and evidences of value belonging to the Village; he/she shall receive all moneys belonging to, and receivable by the corporation, and keep an account of all receipts and expenditures thereof.

The Assessor shall perform such duties in relation to assessing property and levying taxes in the Village as prescribe by Act 3 of 1895.

The Village Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the Village and serves at the pleasure of the Council. The Council may assign to the Manager only those powers and duties not required by law to be assigned to or performed by another official of the Village.

The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the Village Council. The Commission has both advisory and administrative responsibilities related to planning and zoning matters.

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall hear and decide such matters as described in Sections 7.10-7.30.5 of the Village’s Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Appeals shall have the power to interpret the zoning map; hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that an error was made by the Zoning Inspector in any order, requirement, permit, decision or refusal; the Board also has the power to approve variances from the provisions of this ordinance where.

Downtown Development Authority of the Village of Clinton was created on January 15, 1991 and is given all powers and duties prescribed for a downtown development authority pursuant to Act 197 of Public Acts of 1975 of the State of Michigan , commonly referred to as the Downtown Development Authority Act.

The Smith Kimball Community Center Board elected for three (3) year terms by the general public. The Board is responsible for setting policy, the administrative duties and hiring the on-site Caretaker.