Kalamazoo County

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Veterans services were back on the table last night as the Kalamazoo County Commission considered next year’s budget.

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Kalamazoo County is looking into claims that its veterans’ office was critically understaffed for two weeks.

The county once had two employees who could help veterans apply for federal benefits, but one of them left recently. When the other took a vacation, Commissioner Mike Seals says the office was down to one clerk who cannot help with Veterans Administration benefits.

Seals says that’s unacceptable.


Students at Gull Lake Community Schools can expect to see a sheriff’s deputy around their classrooms this school year. On Tuesday the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners approved plans to post the officer to the district.

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Voters in Kalamazoo County have two Democratic candidates to choose from in the August 2 primary for county treasurer. The incumbent is Mary Balkema, a Republican with no primary opponent.

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Kalamazoo County officials are set to receive a course in public relations. On Tuesday commissioners agreed to hire a Portage-based firm, Rick Chambers and Associates to work with staff on how they talk about county business.

Employees will be trained on, in the proposal’s words, “what to communicate and how to communicate” as well as how to listen. Top-level administrators and elected officials are among those who will participate.