Michele (Dickinson) Manke a 1990 graduate of East Jackson High, Grandparents are Woody & Sue Dickinson and Jr. & Carmel Mays. Parents are Roger Dickinson, a 1971 graduate of MC High and Dorothy (Mays) Dickinson, a 1972 graduate of EJ High. Both parents are life long residents of the Township.
I have been happily married since 1997 and have two children. One child that attends Michigan Center Schools and one that is a 2016 Graduate of Michigan Center Schools and is attending Jackson College to be a nurse.
I started my career at the Township in June 1997 as the Deputy Clerk and moved into the building department in July 2001 before deciding to run for the Clerks position after Joan Spicer elected to run for Trustee and enjoy retirement in November 2004. Prior to working at the Township I worked for Comerica Bank for 7 years, in Michigan Center for the last 2 of those years.
My hobbies include supporting my children in all of their sporting events and caring for my small farm with several chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Family is very important to me! I am also a proud member of the Michigan Center Lioness' Club. Community is also very important to me!
I took office on November 22, 2004 and have found the job to be a challenging and fulfilling experience. Some major accomplishments to date are this web site, successful transition to a Public Safety Department the renewal of the Parks & Rec. committee, designated swimming area and concrete launch installed February 2011 at the 5th Street Boat Launch and new playground equipment in our parks due to fund raisers and grant money,staff the DDA and assist with development needs along the I94 Business Loop, assisted in the Round Lake, Michigan Center Lake, Little Pleasant Lake and Gillett's Lake Aquatic Weed Control Special Assessment District to ensure the health of our beautiful lakes and assisting and raising money for our grant match for the 5th Street resurfacing and beautification project. My newest adventure is the annual "Cruisin the Park" started in 2014 and intend to build it up each year to make it a destination point for a great family event.
A brand new project our commitee is just getting started on is a canoe/kayak launch behind the Michigan Center Dam on Fifth Street. The committee is looking for grant funding through the DNR.
Michele Manke, Clerk (517) 936-2290
Dorothy Dickinson (517) 936-2299
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