Dale Hartsell



Life long resident of Lake Township

4 years as Trustee Lake Township government

Member of the Lake Township Planning Commission.

Police Chief in Port Austin for 14 years



Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University



Police Chief in Port Austin



Member of the Caseville Area Fire Protection Association

Served on the Harbor Commission for the Village of Caseville

Current treasurer for the Huron County Triad Senior Citizen Board

Served as Community Correction Advisory Board


Trustee Duties:

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. As previously indicated, trustees serve terms of four years just like the supervisor, clerk and treasurer.


As the name implies, a trustee is an individual placed in a position of public trust with fiduciary responsibilities to manage the affairs of the township for the best interests of the public. The trustee has the responsibility to attend township board meetings and participate in decisions and deliberations.

Trustees should be given an opportunity to investigate and study important decisions before voting. Trustees are frequently given additional duties and responsibilities by township board action.