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The Communications Manager works with the Board of Commissioners, county administrator and various county departments to ensure citizens can access county services. County Communications also provides a receptive, responsive and transparent source for media representatives. 

Media Inquiries

Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent. Press Releases are available in our Media Room. You can also subscribe to receive them via email. Media is also welcome to contact communications staff:

  • Ottawa County, Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner | (616) 738-4672
  • Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office | Captain Jacob Sparks | (616) 738-4003
  • Ottawa County Department of Public Health, Communications Specialist - Alison Clark | (616) 494-5597
  • Ottawa County Parks, Coordinator of Interpretive & Information Services - Jessica VanGinhoven | (616) 994-4716


We embrace today's new communications world and we use several social media tools to share information and interact with you:

Beach Watch   @WalkForWarmth @OttawaCountyParks miOttawa
EcoOttawa   @Elections @OttawaCountyMI Ottawa County
Ottawa County Clerk/
Register of Deeds
  @GIS     Ottawa County
Flu Granny   @miOCDPH    
Ottawa County Food Network   @miOttawa       Smart911
Public Health  
Ottawa County  
Parks & Rec   @CMHOttawaCounty
Mental Health  
Community Action Agency  
Ottawa Food Council
Grand Ravines Dog Park  

Freedom of Information Act Requests

All requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the act. Requests for public information should be made to the department which is responsible for the custody of the records. FOIA Policy

The County Seal

The official Ottawa County logo and tagline registered ® trademarks of Ottawa County. Reproduction is strictly prohibited. The logo is available for imprint on county projects by organizations doing business with the County. For a digital copy of the County seal that will keep all parties looking professional, please contact Shannon Felgner. The county logos on this website are not suitable for downloading, use in presentations, or other distribution. The Ottawa County seal is for County business only. Its use to impersonate the County in any manner is prohibited.  


Content, layout and original artwork: © Copyright Ottawa County. All rights reserved. No rights are extended for copying or distribution, and permission is not expressly granted for any online uses other than for viewing on the sites administered by Ottawa County.

Social Media Policy

Users and visitors to Ottawa County social media sites are notified that the intended purpose of the site is to serve as a mechanism for communication between the County and members of the public. Ottawa County reserves the right to remove published content that does not comply with privacy policies and the moderation rules set forth below;

  1. is obscene.
  2. is defamatory.
  3. that you do not have the necessary rights, licenses and consents to post.
  4. constitutes spam, unauthorized advertising or solicits.
  5. contains code or links to malware or potentially damaging links.
  6. invades anyone's privacy or impersonates anyone.
  7. encourages conduct that may or would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state or national law or regulation.
  8. promotes illegal discrimination.
  9. threatens harm or loss.

Photography in County Buildings Policy

Because of the secured or confidential nature of many operations conducted within County facilities, a policy and ordinance have been adopted for photographing the interior of buildings.

Privacy Policy

If you provide us with your email address or phone number, we may use it to send you news, information and announcements. You may unsubscribe to these services by following the instructions contained in the messages. We will only share personal information about you with others if:

  • We have your consent to share the information, or
  • We need to share your information to provide the product or service you have requested, or
  • We are authorized to do so by law. E.g., to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, or to requests pursuant to a statute requiring or permitting disclosure such as the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.231, et seq.

We limit access to personally identifiable information gathered to employees and agents who need access to perform a specific job.