Meet the Manistee County Road Commissioners

CHAIRMAN - Robert E. Rishel

Mr. Rishel was appointed to the Board to serve a six year term beginning January 2015. He was reappointed in January 2021.  He was elected Vice-Chair for 2015 and elected Chairman for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Mr. Rishel spent the majority of his work history as a certified welder in skilled trades in different union and management positions.  He also served the Wayne County Sheriff's Department as a deputy.  He currently serves on the Manistee County Planning Commission, Brownfield Authority, Stronach Township Planning, and has his own computer business.

Contact Commissioner Rishel at 231-398-9025

MEMBERRichard Graham

Mr. Graham was re-appointed to the Road Commission Board for a six-year term ending December 31, 2026.  Mr. Graham was appointed Road Commissioner in December 2013 to fulfill the unexpired term of William Eckhardt. Mr. Graham served as Vice-Chair for 2020.  
Contact Commissioner Graham at 231-864-2102

VICE-CHAIR- Sally Reckow

Ms. Reckow was recently re-appointed to a six year term on the Road Commission Board extending her service thru 2024.  She originally took office in January 2008.  Her position came about as the Manistee County Board took action to expand the Road Commission Board from three members to five members.  Sally served as the Board Chair in 2014 and 2015. She was elected as Vice-Chair in 2009, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2021. 

Contact Commissioner Reckow at 231-723-6654

MEMBER - James J. Russell

Mr. Russell  was appointed to the Board in September 2007 and was reappointed in 2010 and 2017 to serve thru December 2022.  Jim came to the Board when the County Commission expanded the Road Commission Board from three members to five members.  Jim is no stranger to the Board as he previously served as a member from June 1995 through December 2001.  He has 18 years of Road Commission experience on the Board.  Jim served as Vice-Chair for 2017.  

Contact Commissioner Russell at 231-633-6699