Berrien County Departments and Functions

911/Central Dispatch   Berrien County is proud to have 911, a 24-hour Emergency Response System, to serve your area. This system enables Berrien County to serve you better.
Administration   The County Administrator is appointed by the Berrien County Board of Commissioners to implement board policies; to oversee the daily activities of the County, to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer and as the Chief Financial Officer, and to supervise the appointed department heads within the County.
Animal Control   Berrien County Animal Control provides services in the manner of an animal shelter and the administration/law enforcement of animal affairs.
Board of Commissioners   The Board of Commissioners oversees the County’s business via committees, thus the commissioners are divided up among the three committees; Administration, Finance, and Personnel & Human Services.
Building & Grounds   Berrien County Building and Grounds Department is responsible for maintaining and operating sixteen buildings throughout Berrien County.
Community Development   The Berrien County Community Development Department oversees Economic Development, Planning, Solid Waste Management, Transportation and Resource Recovery.
County Clerk   The Berrien County Clerk's Office has three major functions: to manage County elections; to manage the county's vital records; to process and maintain all Circuit Court files. 
Drain   The County Drain Commissioner is responsible for the administration of the State Drain Laws (P.A. 40 of 1956, as amended).
Emergency Management   This department addresses emergency preparedness and Homeland Security issues throughout the County.
Equalization   The County Equalization Department prepares the Equalization Report for the Board of Commissioners in order to establish the equalized property tax base for the County. 
Financial Services   The purpose of the Financial Services Department is to maintain and report the financial data of Berrien County to the appropriate personnel, thereby providing the tools to achieve the goal of sound and prudent fiscal management.
GIS Mapping   The GIS Mapping Department is responsible for the development of comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maintenance of the property descriptions, taxpayer names, etc. for all 39 local assessing units in the county.
Health Department   The Health Department offers a variety of clinics to the public. Hearing and vision screening for children, HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, immunizations, TB control, flu/pneumonia clinics, nursing which provides home visits, and chronic and communicable disease control.
Information Systems   The Information Systems Department services Berrien County residents by providing a stable, efficient computing environment to the various County departments and agencies.
Juvenile Center   The Berrien County Juvenile Center (BCJC) is a branch of and operated by the Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court.
Microfilm/Records   The Microfilm and Records Department services all County departments as the repository for County record keeping.
Motor Pool   The staff of this department maintains and repairs all the County vehicles.
MSU Extension   MSU Extension provides information relating to locally-identified issues. They provide Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resource programs, as well as educational programs.
Parks   The Parks Department maintains and manages 5 parks throughout the County, each offering many different programs and attractions.
Personnel   The Personnel Department is responsible for the posting of County employment opportunities, acceptance of applications, processing of new employees, benefits administration, collective bargaining, wage and salary administration, and grants administration for the county.
Printing   The Berrien County Printing Department is an on-demand, high volume, internal support service that assists all county departments and elected officials to inform and assist members of the community, as well as to provide necessary forms and documents utilized throughout the legal system.
Probation   There are 3 Probation Offices, District Court Probation (Misdemeanor); Circuit Court Probation (Felony); and Juvenile Probation.
Prosecuting Attorney   The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term as provided by the Michigan Constitution.
Public Defender   The Public Defenders Office ensures quality representation for all accused individuals.
Purchasing   All procurement of goods and services throughout the County is accomplished through the Purchasing Department. Goods and services are purchased via Purchase Orders.
Register of Deeds   The duties of the Register of Deeds are prescribed by state law. The office is the official recording and filing office for all legal documents affecting real and personal property.
Road Department   The Road Department’s work is a cooperative effort...a partnership with residents, townships, cities, villages, the county, and the state. Berrien County residents assist the Road Department by providing valuable information about road conditions and initiating discussion on issues affecting motorist safety. The Road Department strives to be available and responsive to the motoring public’s needs.
Self Help Legal Resource   Although legal advice cannot be given, staff and volunteers are pleased to assist patrons with the procedural steps involved in filing court documents.
Sheriff   The mission of the Sheriff's Department is to enforce the laws of the state and county, safeguard life and property, prevent and detect crime, preserve the peace, and protect the rights of all citizens.
Treasurer   The Treasurer's Office receives, maintains custody of, and disburses all county monies.
Trial Court   The Michigan Supreme Court has designated the Berrien County Courts as a consolidation site for the merger of the District Court, Probate Court and Circuit Court into a single Trial Court.  The Trial Court is divided into 3 distinct divisions:  Civil Division; Criminal/Traffic Division; and Family Division.
Veterans' Services   Veterans' Services provides assistance to the veteran when developing and filing a claim. In addition, the office processes applications for county burial benefits and emergency monetary assistance as mandated by the State of Michigan.


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Berrien County Courthouse
811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Berrien County Administration Center
701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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