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Do you have to be a resident of the township to serve as the zoning administrator or code enforcement officer?

No. Township elected offices must be occupied by registered and qualified electors of the township in order to be eligible for that township office. MCL 168.342; see also MCL 168.368. This necessarily means that the individual must have been a resident of the Township for at least 30 days. Residency within the township must be maintained during the term of office. A zoning administrator or code enforcement officer is not subject to this residency requirement as this position is not deemed an elected official of the township. There are rural townships where the Township Supervisor acts as the zoning administrator and code enforcement officer. See MCL 42.10. The Supervisor is subject to the residency requirement, but not due to his or her role as a zoning administrator or code enforcement officer. Instead, the residency requirement applies because the Supervisor is an elected Township official.

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