The mission of the 54B District Court is to consistently provide fair and efficient justice, under the law, while maintaining respect for individual worth and diversity within the court and community. The judges are the Honorable Andrea Andrews Larkin, Chief Judge and the Honorable Richard D. Ball.
The Assessor's Office is responsible for the inventory of all property within the City and the valuation of all taxable property both real property (land and buildings) and personal (tangible). It operates under the requirements of the General Property Tax Law which was originally P.A. 206 of 1893.
Citizens can participate in local government by serving on one of the City of East Lansing's boards and commissions. Community members interested in active civic engagement are encouraged to apply for one of several openings.
The City Attorney is retained by the East Lansing City Council to provide legal opinions relative to every aspect of City government, including municipal legislation, contracts and agreements. The current City Attorney is Thomas M. Yeadon, who is employed by McGinty, Hitch, Housefield, Person, Yeadon & Anderson, P.C.
The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for the administration of elections, the management and preservation of the City’s official documents, recording City Council minutes, processing business licenses governed by the City Code and coordinating Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
The East Lansing City Council is the legislative and policy-making body for the City government. Councilmembers are elected at-large for overlapping four-year terms. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are appointed by the elected Council. The Council also appoints the City Manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City government.
The City Manager is the chief administrative officer for the City of East Lansing. Major responsibilities include oversight of preparation of the annual budget and long-range financial planning, supervision of City departments, coordination and development of programs and services and the implementation of City Council's strategic priorities and policy decisions. The City Manager reports to and is appointed by the City Council under the Council-Manager form of government.
The Communication Department provides timely and accurate information to citizens and plans community events for residents and visitors. The department is responsible for managing media relations, the City's website, social media, internal communication services, graphic design, City publications and photography. The department also staffs the East Lansing Arts Commission.
The City of East Lansing produces and sponsors more than 50 community events a year. The objection of the Community Events program is to provide exciting arts and cultural events to the residents and visitors to East Lansing. Many of these activities conveniently take place in the heart of downtown East Lansing and are FREE!
Learn about elections, including polling locations, sample ballots, precinct boundaries, applications and much more.
The East Lansing - Meridian Water & Sewer Authority (ELMWSA) operates the water production facilities for both the City of East Lansing and Meridian Township by pumping and treating the water and providing it to the water towers, storage facilities and distribution systems. Each community has its own water distribution system and provides drinking water and fire protection services for its citizens.
The Finance Department coordinates the annual budget process, works with departmental leadership to prepare the annual budget, facilitates the annual audit and prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). It also acts as the City's purchasing agent, processes biweekly payroll, performs risk management and maintains all liability insurance policies.
The ELFD is a comprehensive, full-time fire department that provides fire services to the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, covering more than 20 square miles and a population of 50,000+.The ELFD is dispatched out of two stations, which includes 46 firefighters. Firefighters undergo extensive training and are partners in a number of regional specialty teams.
The purpose of the GLTA is to engage in a uniform regional regulatory structure for taxi companies and drivers that will provide consistency and ensure that a safe and professional fleet serves Greater Lansing residents and visitors
The Human Resources Department administers employment opportunities, employee benefits, unit negotiations and staff development. The department also serves as a resource for the Human Relations Commission, which is responsible for guaranteeing civil rights within the community.
The Information Technology Department is responsible for establishing, monitoring and maintaining information technology systems and services for the City of East Lansing.
Parking and Code Enforcement (PACE) is responsible for parking enforcement the enforcement of ordinances that maintain the safety and appearance of neighborhoods, including litter, snow removal, lawn maintenance and refuse/recycling storage. PACE officers respond to citizen complaints, as well as initiating enforcement.
The Parking Division manages and maintains the City's municipal parking facilities, including five parking garages, seven surface lots and on-street meters. The parking system supports downtown businesses by providing customer parking and the merchant validation program. It also supports downtown office users and residents through the sale of monthly permits.
The Parks, Recreation & Arts Department provides quality recreational and leisure opportunities. The department is responsible for sports programs, arts and cultural programs/classes, the Northern Tier Trail, the Aquatic Center, the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, Before and After Childcare and much more.
The Planning, Building & Development Department is responsible for planning and zoning, community and economic development, building permits and inspections, rental licensing and investigations, code enforcement (building, zoning) and historic preservation. The department also assists with university relations and community outreach.
The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) consists of 57 sworn officers and 37 civilian employees. It is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property, preservation of peace, order and safety, enforcement of laws and ordinances and safeguarding constitutional guarantees.
The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) provides a place where people can gather to share information and ideas, while enriching lives and fostering community. ELPL cardholders have access to books, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, science kits, ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks.
The Department of Public Works & Environmental Services (DPW) provides engineering, sanitation, environmental, transportation, water and sewer services to the community. The mission of the DPW is to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure and environment and provide high-quality services to the community making East Lansing a great place to live, study and work.
The Prime Time Seniors' Program is a nationally accredited program which serves to enrich the lives of community members who are age 55+. Prime Time is committed to providing programs which engage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and vocational dimensions of wellness, as well as encourage involvement in the community.
The Treasury Department bills and collects Real and Personal property taxes, completes water and sewer billings and collections, sells parking permits, sells refuse and yard waste stickers and bags and administers bills for other services provided by the City.
The City's Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 1700 Trowbridge Road, provides wastewater treatment for the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University and Meridian Charter Township.