Mullett Township


From left to right Brett Lingdren, Brenda Bowes, Laz Surabian, Denise Ackerman, Mike Goerke


Laz Surabian, Supervisor
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791
231-238-8808 Township Office

Denise Ackerman, Clerk
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791
231-238-8808 Township Office

Brenda Bowes, Treasurer
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791

Mike Goerke, Trustee
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791

Brett Lindgren, Trustee
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791

Joyce Stroman, Deputy Clerk
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791

Bobbi Balazovic, Deputy Treasurer
PO Box 328, Topinabee, 49791

Township Office Hours

By Appointment Only. 

Organizational Chart

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervisor’s Statutory Duties

  • Moderates board and annual meetings
  • Chief assessing officer (if certified)
  • Secretary to board of review
  • Township’s legal agent
  • Must maintain records of supervisor’s office
  • Responsible for tax allocation board budget (if applicable)
  • Develops township budget
  • Appoints some commission members
  • May call special meetings
  • May appoint a deputy

Clerk’s Statutory Duties

  • Maintains custody of all township records
  • Maintains general ledger
  • Prepares warrants for township checks
  • Records and maintains township meeting minutes
  • Keeps the township book of oaths
  • Responsible for special meeting notices
  • Publishes board meeting minutes (if taxable value is $82 million in 2016, annually indexed, or a charter township)
  • Keeps voter registration file and conducts elections
  • Keeps township ordinance book
  • Prepares financial statements
  • Delivers tax certificates to supervisor and county clerk by September 30
  • Must appoint a deputy
  • Must past surety bond

Treasurer’s Statutory Duties

  • Collects real and personal property taxes
  • Keeps an account of township receipts (revenues) and expenditures
  • lssues Township checks
  • Deposits township revenues in approved depositories
  • Invests township funds in approved investment vehicles
  • Collects delinquent personal property tax
  • Responsible for jeopardy assessments in collecting property tax
  • Collects mobile home specific tax
  • Must appoint a deputy
  • Must post a surety bond

Trustee’s Statutory Duties

  • Township legislators, required to vote on all issues
  • Responsible for township’s fiduciary health
  • Other duties as assigned by the board