Dobberteen to head Board

John Dobberteen will head the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners for the second consecutive year.

The unanimous decision was made Tuesday at the commission’s first assembly of 2014. The meeting had been postponed one week due to inclement weather Jan. 7.

Dobberteen, whose jurisdiction covers the city of Sturgis and Fawn River Township, is starting his 16th year on the commission. This will be his sixth year as chairman.

The nomination of vice chair resulted in Allen Balog being named to the post. He will oversee the county’s twice-a-month meetings in Dobberteen’s absence.

Balog is starting his fourth year as a county commission member after serving three years as mayor of Three Rivers. His district consists of Flowerfield and Fabius townships, and the city of Three Rivers.

Commissioners are paid $7,200 annually.

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