County commissioner will not seek re-election

The longest-serving commissioner in St. Joseph County history has announced he will not seek re-election to an 11th, two-year term.

John Dobberteen, who represents the city of Sturgis and Fawn River Township, said he will end his 20-year board membership when his current term expires Dec. 31.

Dobberteen said he is focused on retiring from work and spending more time with his four grandkids.

Prior to joining the county commission, Dobberteen spent eight years as a city commissioner in Sturgis.

He is endorsing Sturgis City Commissioner Ken Malone as his successor. Malone is in his 13th year as a member of the Sturgis commission.

A graduate of Burr Oak High School, the 54-year-old Malone owns Advantage Water Services in Sturgis.

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