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by Alison Middleton
Monday, June 17, 2024

The Leelanau County 13th Circuit Court is currently unable to accept court filings due to the June 12, 2024, ransomware incident in Grand Traverse County (read more here). 

Leelanau County is part of the tri-county system which includes Antrim, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Counties and is included in the network outage of the court system until further notice.

For assistance, please call the Leelanau County Clerk’s office at (231) 256-9824.

by Lauren Cypher
Monday, May 27, 2024

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Leelanau County Veterans Memorial

8527 E. Government Center Drive

Monday, May 27 at 10am

This event is being presented as a community service by the members of VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau

by Heather Cade
Tuesday, May 7, 2024


This is a Grand Traverse County Position
(covering Bellaire, Traverse City, & Suttons Bay)

SALARY RANGE: $17.59 – 25.48

Job duties include all administrative functions related to the 13th Circuit Court. Employee may be responsible for one or more court functions, such as mediation, collections, case flow management, production of judicial documents or scheduling court proceedings. Work requires the exercise of judgment in the application of court rules, statutes and administrative orders, and requires frequent contact with judges, attorneys, litigants and the public. Ability to maintain confidentiality is a must. Employees are expected to support the principles of quality as established by the judiciary of the 13th Circuit Court and to provide responsive, effective, and quality service to those persons whom the Court serves.

Transcribe and type decisions, orders and correspondence.
Answer the telephone and assist the public.
Process incoming/outgoing court documents.
Alternative Dispute Resolution case management.
Collections case management.
Scheduling for the judges and referees.

Graduation from high school including course work in office procedures, computers and word processing. Preferably three years’ progressively responsible experience as legal support staff.
Monday-Friday: 8AM – 5PM

Knowledge of legal secretarial practices, procedures, terminology and citations.
Required to utilize computer, e-mail, word processing equipment, multi-line telephone and calculator. Knowledge of English, spelling, punctuation and grammar with sufficient ability to draft proposed orders and correspondence for judges and court administrator.
May be required to travel to Antrim, Grand Traverse, or Leelanau Counties.

How To Apply
Please submit resume to:
Trina Girardin, 13th Circuit Court Administrator

by Heather Cade
Monday, April 29, 2024


Leelanau County is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time (35 hours per week) Account Clerk position in the Finance Department.  This is a Teamsters 214 Union Grade 1 position with a pay range of $19.88-$25.18 per hour and has full County benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, and a pension plan.

Additional information regarding the job posting and the job description can be found at the links below.

Complete Application Here

Job Posting

Job Description

Inquiries can be directed to:

Heather Cade, Human Resources Director
8527 E. Government Center Dr., Suite #101
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

by Alison Middleton
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Click here to view the complete list of County Office candidate filings that were filed with the County Clerk prior to the deadline (April 23, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.) 

by Jenny Herman
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Help us support housing in Leelanau County. Your input is key to that effort.

Housing North is working with the Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF) and the Leelanau Housing Action Committee (LHAC) to help address the housing needs in Leelanau County through a Housing Action Plan. We will use this information to help guide the goals and implementation steps for the action plan. Our focus is to learn from those who live and work in Leelanau County, and then know how we can help with those identified needs moving into the future. To learn more about the Collaborative and housing resource, here is a link to a shared google drive.
The findings from the survey will be available in March on the Housing North, LPEF, and LHAC websites. Your responses are confidential and no specific individual-identifying information will be released. The answer to the first question will direct you the appropriate section of the plan. If you want to update an answer, you can click on the BACK button. All respondents will complete the final section of the survey. 


by Liana Wilson
Friday, March 15, 2024
by Alison Middleton
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Please click here to view the Unofficial Election Results 

by Lena Vander Meulen
Friday, February 23, 2024

Join us in the lower level community meeting room at the Government Center in Suttons Bay! 

March 7, 12:30-5:30 PM

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Two (2) new homes are available for purchase in Maple City.  The homes are being constructed by Habitat for Humanity.  See the flyer for information.  To learn more and to apply:

by Jennifer Grant
Monday, August 7, 2023

August 7, 2023

RE:  Recent property fraud attempts have been reported in Leelanau County

We have all heard about property being fraudulently sold and Leelanau County is no longer immune to this activity.  Recent property fraud attempts have been reported to the Leelanau County Register of Deeds by some property owners.  These attempts have been stopped when it was brought to the owner’s attention their property was fraudulently listed.

If you see a neighbor’s property up for sale, inquire with the owner.  The digital age has not only made real estate transactions go more quickly it has also made it easier for these predators to commit these kinds of crimes.  Leelanau County Register of Deeds has continued to require wet ink signature deeds, and not allowed digital recording for this very reason; making it harder for predators to commit these crimes.

Leelanau County Register of Deeds also has a Fraud Notify Service in place at no cost to the property owner.  When you subscribe online, Fraud Notify will send you an automated email alert when a document is recorded under the name(s) you register.

Please feel free to contact our office (231) 256-9682 or email with additional questions.

Jennifer L. Grant
Leelanau County Register of Deeds

 Please visit the "Fraud Guard" page on the Register of Deeds page for additional information -

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

An update on the Broadband Expansion Project within Leelanau County was provided to the Board of Commissioners during its January 17, 2023, Regular Session -

Please visit the following link for more information on the upcoming broadband coverage projects in your area -

Any questions can be directed to the following email address -

by Alison Middleton
Monday, August 1, 2022

Commissioner District maps effective January 1, 2023.

The Commissioner for each District is nominated in the August 2022 Primary and elected in the November 2022 General Election.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, April 14, 2022

For more information regarding the South Bar Lake Drainage District's proposed options and results of the scope meeting, please visit the following link -

Please forward your comments to for review by the Drain Commissioner

by Rachel Richardson
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

In partnership with Tyler Technologies, the Leelanau County Register of Deeds Office is offering a free service - Fraud Guard.

Fraud Guard is a tool that helps protect you or your business from being the victim of
property fraud. It can simply alert you to any property, mortgage or real estate activity in
Leelanau County associated with a name(s) that you select. Once you register for the
free service, you will receive an email notice whenever the name you are monitoring is
on a document that has been recorded in this county.

Please click on this link - to sign up.

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission has received a grant from the Child Care  Innovation Fund to help establish more infant & toddler child care businesses in Leelanau County.

More information is listed on the poster at right -  or call 231-942-4537, or visit

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Drain Commissioner has released preliminary conceptual designs for the Lake Bluffs Drainage District, which can be found at the following link:

by Lyn Drzewiecki
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Please click here to see the latest on the Official results, as reported for the November 2, 2021 Special Election and City General Election in Leelanau County.

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Leelanau County Government Center has a "retired US Flag" receptacle within the double doors of the front entrance.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, March 11, 2021

For more information on how to get vaccinated for COVID-19, please visit the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department's homepage -

by Matt Ansorge
Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Benzie/Leelanau District Health Department is currently scheduling COVID Vaccination appointments for those included in Phase 1B (including, but not limited to):

  • First Responders
  • Corrections Staff
  • School Employees
  • Child Care Workers
  • Citizens 65 years old+

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Form link

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a formal acknowledgment email or phone call confirming you have signed up for the vaccination.

COVID-19 Questions Form link:

Volunteer Information:

  • Greeters & Runners – assist with general functions at the clinics; greeting patients, assisting with paperwork, directing foot traffic, stocking supplies, etc.
  • Vaccinators – qualified individuals licensed to administer vaccines
  • Vaccine Assistants – monitoring patients post vaccine, assist with scheduling booster appointments

Steps to Enroll as Volunteer:

  1. Register with Michigan Volunteer Registry -
  2. Complete Volunteer Form for BLDHD -

Aging Hotline (where seniors can obtain information on where vaccines are currently available): (231) 715-5557

Local Public Health Information Hotline:  (231) 882-2197

State Public Health Information Hotline:  1-888-535-6136 or email

Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline:  (231) 935-0951

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its August 18, 2020, Regular Session, Approved Leelanau County Resolution #2020-014, "A Resolution to Condemn Racism in Leelanau County."

The full text of the resolution can be viewed on the September 15, 2020, Regular Session Meeting Page:

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 15, 2020, Regular Session, Approved Leelanau County Resolution #2020-015, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

The full text of the resolution can be viewed on the September 15, 2020, Regular Session Meeting Page:

by Laurel Evans
Monday, November 16, 2020

Due to the recent rise in COVID-related illnesses, the Leelanau County Government Center will be open by appointment only beginning Wednesday, November 18.

by Michelle Crocker
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Not sure where to vote? The County's GIS department has created a map of all polling locations, including Commissioner Districts. Please visit the following page -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, June 1, 2020

Following the directives of the Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office, the Hon. Marian Kromkowski has issued a "Phase One Plan", which focuses on the obligations to protect the health of litigants, judicial branch employees, and the public, while still providing essential services.

A complete copy of the plan can be found on the following page:

by Amber Weber
Monday, April 20, 2020

The Building Safety Department has posted important information relating to COVID-19 on its webpage -

by Armanda Krantz
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The 24-Hour Crisis Help Line is 1-833-295-0616

Call if an individual is -

  • Experiencing out of control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming themselves or others;
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide;
  • Experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning, or
  • You just don't know what else to do.

United Way of Northwest Michigan has a 24/7 Information and Referral service for our area. Dial 211 to get connected or text your zip code to 898211.

Coronavirus Preparedness

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020


Para los clientes del Tribunal de Distrito 86, las áreas de Criminal / Traffic / Civil y Probation Clerk estarán cerradas al tráfico peatonal pero estarán disponibles por teléfono.

Para obtener información más detallada, consulte lo siguiente:

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday Office Hours for Veterans Affairs Services have been suspended until further notice, due to COVID-19.

Please contact the Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs Office directly for any questions or concerns -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020


For clients of the 86th District Court, the Criminal/Traffic/Civil and Probation Clerk areas will be closed to foot traffic but will be available by phone.

For more detailed information, please visit the following page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Approved a Resolution in Appreciation of First Responders

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Office has announced a new, free program available for eligible Veterans who are experiencing hearing loss issues; more information on the Heroes With Hearing Loss Program can be obtained by visiting the Veterans Affairs page -

by John Gallagher III
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leelanau County Treasurer: Keeping families in their homes is my top priority

As Leelanau County Treasurer, keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to prevent tax foreclosures with 2017 remarkably having none.

Help is available for Leelanau County homeowners struggling to pay delinquent property taxes. At the Treasurer’s office, we’re here to help the residents of Leelanau County navigate and qualify for different assistance programs.

If you or someone you know has delinquent taxes from 2015 or earlier, I urge you to reach out to us so that we can help you stay in your home and set up a payment plan to get your back taxes paid.

Hardship extension

For qualifying homeowners with two or more years of delinquent property taxes, we offer hardship extensions in order to prevent foreclosure. This gives families the option to work with us to come up with a monthly payment plan to become current and prevent property tax foreclosure.

In addition, we offer multi-year payment plans. These new plans, together with a hardship extension, gives families that are struggling financially an opportunity to escape the cycle of barely avoiding foreclosure year-after-year, and give them peace of mind knowing that their home is safe.


For 100 percent disabled veterans, an exemption from property taxes on a primary residence is available and can save disabled veterans thousands of dollars on current and future years property taxes. Please contact the Leelanau County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 231-256-9711 for more information.

Credit card payments

To make it easier and more convenient to pay delinquent property taxes, we offer online and phone payment via credit card. You can also come into the office and pay with your credit card. Go to the Treasurer’s website at  and click on “Pay Delinquent Taxes Online.”


If you have delinquent property taxes and fear you may lose your home, please contact my office. Whether it’s applying for assistance, working on hardship extensions to help pay off delinquent property taxes, or navigating available resources, my team is on hand to help homeowners in any way we can.

Our mission is to serve you and we will continue to fight and work hard to help Leelanau County families stay in their homes.

Step Forward Michigan still has millions of dollars for qualified homeowners who are struggling with back taxes and back mortgages.  Please visit: for more information.

Getting help

Residents can call the Treasurer’s office at 231-256-9838, email us at, or go to our website at  to get more information or set up an appointment.

Key Words: Delinquent Taxes
by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recently held a Committee of the Whole Session to hear presentations from other agencies relative to septic systems and water quality.

A "Guide for Leelanau County Homeowners" is available for review on the Clean Water homepage -

by Laurel Evans
Friday, January 26, 2018

Effective January, 2018, The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has designated R.E. Risk & Associates to conduct all property foreclosure sales within Leelanau County.

More information is available on the LCSO page -

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, January 22, 2018

Did you know there is currently an outbreak of HEPATITIS A?  Food handlers can pass this infection to others when preparing and serving food.  You can protect yourself and others by getting the HEPATITIS A Vaccine.

Call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department at 231-256-0200 to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 19, 2017, Regular Session, approved County Resolution #2017-012, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

A PowerPoint presentation by County resident Robin Carden is available for viewing -

A signed copy of the Resolution is available on the Resolutions and Ordinances Page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NEW 2017 Leelanau County Plat Books are in - you can make purchase arrangements through the Conservation District, 231-256-9783, or by visiting -