Egelston Township, Michigan

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Egelston Township is a general law township (known in other states as a civil township) of Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 9,537.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²), of which, 35.0 square miles (90.5 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.77%) is water.


Egelston Township, a general law township, is run under a board system of management. Its elected officials include a Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four trustees.

Township Board The 2004-2008 Board consisted of Supervisor Vicky Jenson, Clerk Joan Raap, Treasurer Debra Ackerman, and trustees Walt Bowen, Franklin Fazakerley, Gerald Luttrull, and Bob Whiteman. Most of the officials were elected in 2004 with Debra Ackerman being specially elected to replace Brian Hill.

The current Board consists of Supervisor Mike Thompson, Clerk Joan Raap, Treasurer Debra Ackerman, and trustees Walt Bowen, John Holter, Bethann Rahn, and Marija Harjer. The newcomers to the current board include Supervisor Thompson, and Trustees Holter, Rahn, and Harjer. The term ends for all positions in 2012.

Planning Commission The Current Planning Commission consists of Chairperson Craig Scott, Vice Chair Fred Carr, Secretary Todd Lowry, Board Trustee John Holter, and David Covell.

Zoning Board of Appeals The current Board of Appeals consists of Chairwoman Renea Foster, Secretary Cheryl Postema, Board Trustee Bethann Rahn, Planning Commission Member David Covell, and Past town Board Member Gerald Luttrull.

Parks and Recreation Committee The Current Parks and Recreations Committee consists of Chairperson Tom Mosher, Board Trustee and Secretary Bethann Rahn, Rex Norton Karen Boeve, MaryLou Huffman, and Branden Gemzer.

Egelston Township Branch, Muskegon Area District Library The current staff consists of Head Librarian, Andrew Hammond, Library Assistant, Wendy Williamson, Library Substitute, Caroline Abrams and Student Assistant, Natalie Moore.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,537 people, 3,458 households, and 2,596 families residing in the township. The population density was 272.8 per square mile (105.4/km²). There were 3,643 housing units at an average density of 104.2/sq mi (40.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 94.04% White, 1.05% African American, 1.05% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 1.48% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.98% of the population.

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