The Muskegon County Drain Commissioner job pays $74,000 per year, includes health benefits, transportation and is an elected position void of educational requirements making it one of the most coveted positions around, especially in times like these.
The Drain Commissioner has an incredible amount of power with the ability to levy taxes and has the sole authority to select a person of their choosing to serve as deputy. This position is responsible for the planning, developing and maintenance of surface water drainage in your area. Drains can include large pipes to direct the flow of storm water or even artificial creeks.
Both these candidates appeared on the ballot for the General Election in 2010 with Dave Fisher winning with the help of union backing and served the last 2 years (The previous Commissioner, Hepler, was fired and prosecuted leaving a 2 year gap).
David Fisher again, with the backing of the unions, won the election bringing in 44,033 votes compared to Joe Ferrier’s 16,559. This lucrative position will not be available again until 2016.