Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941

Notice of Vacancy: Bay County Treasurer

Overview: With the announcement that Bay County’s Treasurer Shawna Walraven resigned on May 3, 2022, a selection committee is seeking applications to fill the vacancy. This appointment will be through the current term ending December 31, 2024. As this is an elected office, applicants would be responsible for filing the necessary paperwork to file as candidate in accordance with Michigan Election Law for the August primary and November General Elections in 2024, the opportunity to be elected to a full, four-year term of office following the expiration of the appointment period.

Selection Process: State law directs that if a vacancy occurs in an elective or appointive county office, it shall be filled by a predetermined committee of three county elected officials. Probate Judge Jan Miner, Prosecutor Nancy Borushko, and County Clerk Kathleen Zanotti have scheduled a public meeting on May 23, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) in the Board of Commissioners’ Chambers on the fourth floor of the Bay County Building in accordance with Michigan’s Open Meeting Act to discuss the selection of the candidates to be interviewed and the interview process.

Treasurer Background and General Responsibilities: The office of the County Treasurer was established by the Michigan State Constitution (Article VII, Section 4). The four-year term of office is filled by partisan election. The duties and powers of the County Treasurer are provided by state law and by authorization of the county Board of Commissioners. The two main roles of the treasurer are as the custodian of all county funds and the collector of delinquent taxes. Additionally, the treasurer fulfills many other duties.

The county receives money from several sources. The principal source of revenue is an ad valorem property tax. Other income is received from state and federal grants, interest income and various service and license fees. Many of the county's departments collect money during their business. This money is periodically deposited with the treasurer, who is in a sense, the county's banker. Besides revenue items, the treasurer is responsible for large amounts of money in various trust and agency funds. These include such classes as circuit court trust, veterans' trust, special drainage districts and county road improvement projects.

The office is responsible for accounting of all revenue coming to the county and for investments of idle funds, for the securities and monies held in financial institutions; collection of delinquent property taxes; reconveyance of property; certification of deeds and plat maps and other documents pertaining to tax histories and litigations; also is the foreclosing governmental unit and conducts the annual delinquent tax sale.

The County Treasurer serves on several boards, including the County Election Commission, Chairperson of the Bay County Land Bank Authority, Bay County Retirement Board, Bay County Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association Board and Plat Board. The Board of Commissioners may also assign the Treasurer additional duties such as serving on the Building Authority, Library Commission, local development companies, economic development corporations, or acting as administrative agent for tax administration funds.

The functions of this office are dictated by state statutes, under the guidance of the Bureau of Local Government Services and the State Treasury Department. The annual salary for this position is $79,938.00 as determined by the Bay County Board of Commissioners.


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a Resident of Michigan
  • Must be a Resident of Bay County
  • Must be Registered to vote in Bay County
  • Must be willing to submit to background check in accordance with the Bay County Personnel Policy

Resumes will be accepted between May 9, 2022 – May 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon. Applicants must be available for onsite interviews on June 13, 2022 and be prepared to assume the office on or about June 15, 2022, if selected.

Applicants are instructed to complete an online application and include a letter of interest and resume to the Attention of: Bay County Personnel Director, Tiffany Jerry through the Bay County employment opportunities website

The next meeting of the appointment committee will be Monday, May 23, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) in the 4th floor Commission Chambers of the Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI.

Interviews of the candidates will be held on June 13, 2022, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) in the 4th floor Commission Chambers of the Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI.