Department Staff

VAN THORNTON, Zoning Administrator/Land Division Official/Building Official
Office hours T, W, Th from 9:30-11:30.  Appointments are encouraged, call 269-469-1676 to schedule.
Cell: (269) 612-7049

To email Van Thornton click here


KIM LIVENGOOD, Zoning/Building Office Assistant
Office Hours M-F from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

BRIAN KERN, Dangerous Building Officer

LEROY PINKSTON, Electrical Inspector
Home: (269) 426-3155
Cell: (269) 876-7442

JOHN DOBBERTEEN, Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector
(269) 651-4567

Chikaming's Building and Zoning administration, alongside the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, are working hard and keeping their sights forward to ensure a safe and well-designed community for years to come.

Forms and Documents

Did you know that ALL fence installations require a Zoning Permit? Contact the Zoning Administrator.
Remember, before you DIG call MISS DIG 72 hours in advance at 1-800-482-7171, or visit the website here
* If any application requires consultation with the Township Attorney or Engineer, the additional expenses will be billed to the applicant.

Zoning Board of Appeals

DOUG DOW,  Planning Commission Representative -
LIZ RETTIG, Township Board Representative -
DOREEN BARTONI, Vice Chairwoman -
KATHLEEN SELLERS, Member at Large -
BOB BEEMER, Alternate -

The Board of Appeals meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Chikaming Township Center, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy. in Harbert when needed.

Planning Commission

JERRY KOHN Vice Chairman
BILL MARSKE, Secretary -
GRACE RAPPE, Member at Large
DOUG DOW, Member at Large
GARY WOOD, Member at Large

The Planning Commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Chikaming Township Center, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy. in Harbert.