General Law Township Overview
Ada Township residents elect a Township Board comprised of a Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four Trustees. The term of office for all officials is four years.
Elected Officials Up For Election:
All township offices are up for election in 2020.
Candidates who won the top spots in the August primary and will appear on the November ballot at this time are all Republicans. They are:
Supervisor - Ross Leisman
Treasurer - Kevin Moran
Clerk - Jacqueline Smith
Trustees - Dan Hurwitz
The Township Board is the law-making and policy-forming branch of Ada Township. The Board meets publicly twice a month, on the second and fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m., in the Township Hall, located at 7330 Thornapple River Drive. Alternate dates may be scheduled due to holidays and conferences. All Special Meetings are posted by the Township Clerk, no later than 18 hours before the meeting. Agendas for regularly scheduled Board meetings will be available in the Township Clerk's Office on Thursday afternoon preceding each meeting, and published on the Township website.
Ada Township operates under a Board of Trustees form of government where the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer direct daily operations of the Township on behalf of the Board, and keep the Board informed of current issues. The Supervisor is responsible for all activities of Ada Township, except Fire, Township Clerk, and Treasurer, who report directly to the Board. All three officers of the Board, the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer have statutory responsibilities. In addition, the Supervisor is frequently the first official contacted about any township business or complaint, and is often recognized as the township spokesperson. The three officers ultimately answer to the Board of Trustees.
As of September, 2020, the township will have its first Township Manager. More information is to come.
Like the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer, the Trustees are members of the Township Board with an equal vote in legislative and administrative government decisions within the jurisdiction of the Township Board. Unlike the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer, however Trustees are not delegated specific statutory duties and responsibilities
Ada Township offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans’ Day
- Thanksgiving and day after
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve