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Officials & Departments

Officials, Departments & Divisions
20th Circuit Court Handles criminal cases involving a felony; all civil cases involving $25,000 or more; divorce and custody; personal protection orders, Friend of the Court, paternity and more.
58th District Court Handles less serious criminal cases and civil infractions. In addition, every criminal case starts in this court even if the trial will be handled by the circuit court.  Also handles civil cases involving $25,000 or less, landlord/tenant disputes; small claims (suits that involve $1,750 or less); and land contract forfeitures.
Board of Commissioners Providing leadership and policy direction for all County activities.
Department of Public Health Services to keep the environment safe and services to individuals and populations healthy.
Circuit Court Records County Clerk's Office is responsible for maintaining all civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases for 20th Circuit Court.
Community Mental Health Services for those with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
County Administrator Appointed by the Board of Commissioners to supervise all functions that directly report to the Board.
County Clerk The keeper of Vital Records & Circuit and Family Court Records.
Elections The Elections Division of the County Clerk oversees all elections in Ottawa County in accordance with Michigan and Federal Election Law.
Equalization/Property Description & Mapping Property assessment and property tax related information about parcels located in Ottawa County.
Facilities Maintenance Responsible for maintaining and protecting all County assets, including all facilities, site improvements, and related equipment.
Fiscal Services To provide centralized financial services for all accounting and financial matters, budget, purchasing and risk management.
Geographic Information System Manages the County's computer-based mapping system which relates various types of data and information with real-world locations.
Human Resources Recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse, qualified workforce.
Innovation & Technology To provide technical leadership for the departments of Ottawa County.
Legal Self Help Center A hub for legal information, court forms, and general information about the branches of the Ottawa County court system.
Parks & Recreation Manages County parks, beaches and open spaces and provides events and educational opportunities.
Planning & Performance Improvement Responsible for improving organizational performance and maximizing the use of financial resources, increasing economic development, and protecting and improving the quality of life in Ottawa County.
Probate Court Handles the transfer of property from a person who has died to the property's rightful owners.  Also handles guardianships, conservatorships, trusts, and mental illness.
Prosecuting Attorney Responsible for the constitutional office of Prosecuting Attorney, to serve as chief administrator of criminal justice for Ottawa County.
Purchasing To provide fair and equitable treatment of all persons involved in the buying and selling of supplies, equipment, services and construction from/to Ottawa County and its constituent departments.
Register of Deeds The Ottawa County Register of Deeds office is the keeper of the records for land documents.
Sheriff’s Office Responsible for law enforcement, emergency management and operating the correction facility.
Treasurer Custodian of all county funds, records revenue, collects delinquent property taxes, conducts tax foreclosures, custodian of all property tax rolls and certifications, and manages dog licenses.
Veterans Affairs To provide financial aid and other assistance to honorably discharged, wartime veterans or their widow/widower who are residents of Ottawa County.
Vital Records Vital Records are birth, death, and marriage records as well as Concealed Weapons (CCW) and Doing Business As (DBA) permits. Passports and Public Notary applications are also available. Certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records may be obtained from the County Clerk's Office.
Water Resources Commissioner To protect surface waters and the environment by providing storm water management through flood control measures, the development review process, soil erosion control and water quality programs.

Other Organizations within Ottawa County
Ottawa County Central Dispatch 9-1-1 service which provides a single point of contact for all police, fire and medical emergencies occurring in Ottawa County and the entire city of Holland.
Ottawa County Road Commission Established by State law to be responsible for all roads within Ottawa County with the exception of all State trunklines such as I-96, I-196, US-31, M-6, M-121, & M-45 and streets within the cities of Holland, Grand Haven, and Coopersville.