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Niles Township Hall Minimize

320 Bell Road Niles, Michigan 49120

Phone: 269-684-0870

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Niles Charter Township is governed by the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees is elected every four years at the time of the Presidential Election.  The Board consists of the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four Trustees.  The responsibilities of the Board include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Adopting Township policies and ordinances
  • Approving the budget
  • Approving the hiring of certain staff
  • Approving contracts
  • Serving on assigned committees

In addition the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer also have other statutory duties.

Jim Stover Minimize


Jim Stover

Bio Information:

Jim began his career in township government when he ran for Trustee in Niles Township in 1974 and in 1978 Jim won election as Niles Township Treasurer.  He served in that position until 1996, when he ran unsuccessfully for State Representative. At the end of his term, Jim was hired by Kent County to work in the Information Technology department as a computer analyst programmer. Jim was appointed the Treasurer of the Charter Township of Plainfield in Kent County in April 1998 and held that position till March 2012 when he returned to Niles.

During his stint at Plainfield Township, Jim and his staff administered the collection of property taxes and processed all receipting of Township monies.  Under his watch Plainfield automatically mails summer Deferment forms to those taxpayers who utilized the deferment in the prior year, over 500 taxpayers have their tax payments automatically withdrawn from their bank account and accepts online credit card payments.  Jim managed the Township’s short term investments, which total over $11 million.

Jim received his Certification for Public Finance Administrator in 2001 from the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Institute.  He has served on the Fall Conference, Education, Winter Conference and Legislative Committees of the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association throughout his career.

In 2005, Jim was elected to the Board of the Michigan Township Association (MTA) as the Director representing Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties.  While treasurer at Niles Township, Jim was elected co-director on the Board of the MTA representing Berrien, Cass, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties.

Jim has been involved in many sports programs involving baseball, softball, basketball and rocket football generally driven when his kids were involved.  He has 3 adult children, and they have rewarded him with 2 granddaughters and 4 grandsons.

Contact the Niles Charter Township

Office: 269-684-0870
email: jstover@nilestwpmi.gov



Terry Eull

Bio Information:

Terry is serving his first term as Niles Charter Township Clerk.  Terry served 6 years as the Supervisor for Niles Township before becoming the City Administrator for the City of Niles of which he is retired.  Terry brings 35 years experience to the Township serving in various capacities within local government.

Terry graduated from Brandywine High School in 1967. After graduation Terry served four years in the United States Air Force serving one of those years in Vietnam. Terry graduated from Southwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Terry and his wife of 39 years, Carol, reside in the Township.  Carol is a nurse with Lakeland Medical.  They have two sons, Travis and Ryan, a daughter-in-law, Liz, and a granddaughter, Finley.


Contact the Niles Charter Township Clerk
Office: 269-684-0870
email: teull@nilestwpmi.gov


Jim Ringler

Bio Information:

Jim Ringler, Township Treasurer, is serving his 5th term.  Jim was appointed to the Township Park Board in 1990 and served as Chairman until he was elected Treasurer in 1996.  Jim also served for many years as Chairman for the Berrien County Treasurer’s Association, an organization that promotes best practices in treasury administration and management.  During his terms as Treasurer, Jim has served on the Finance & Administration Committee, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and Chairman of the Department of Public Works Committee.  He was instrumental in the building of the new south fire station and the upgrading of fire trucks and equipment for the department. 

Jim is also a commercial real estate broker with the Mishawaka real estate firm of Newmark Grubb Cressy & Everett. He is licensed in both Michigan and Indiana.            

Jim is a graduate of Southwestern Michigan College and Western Michigan University.  He currently serves as a board member for SMEGA (Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance) and is a member of the Niles Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstone Alliance. 

Jim resides in the Township with his wife, Jane, an elementary school teacher.  They have two sons, Ryan and Adam.

Contact the Niles Charter Township Treasurer  

Office: 269-684-0870 

email: jringler@nilestwpmi.gov

Richard Cooper Minimize


Richard Cooper

Bio Information:

Residing in Niles Charter Township since 1959, Richard, born in 1941, has made it his mission to serve his community and family with diligence, dedication, and reliability. 

Since November of 2000 he has served as one of your Township Trustees.  As a Trustee he serves as Building Safety committee chairperson and committee member, Roads and Drains committee member, Public Facilities committee member, Township representative on the Niles-Buchanan-Cass Area Transportation Study (NATS) and as a planning commissioner with the Niles Charter Township Planning Commission. 

He has been blessed to have six children with his wife, Nancy, of 50 years.  Since 1970 he has owned and operated ISCO, Independent Service Company, and now is semi-retired.  Nancy retired from National Institute for Trial Advocacy at the University of Notre Dame in 2006.  Retirement has provided more time for Richard to enjoy his pastimes of fishing, especially with his grandchildren and relaxing in the company of his family. 

For 44 years he served as a Niles Charter Township Volunteer Firefighter.  During that time he served on the Advisory Board, chaired numerous committees, as well as holding the position of President and Secretary.  Also, he was Secretary/Treasurer of the Berrien County Firefighters Association. While keeping true to his mission, Richard states, “A strategic plan for the future is essential so that Niles Charter Township will continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.  I have been honored to be a part of that future.”

Contact the Niles Charter Township

Office: 269-684-0870
email: rcooper@nilestwpmi.gov

Chris Vella Minimize


Chris Vella


Bio Information:

Chris was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, moving here and graduating from Niles High School in 1970.     While in high school she attended Girls’ State at U of M her junior summer and studied our political system.    She has always had an interest in helping serve her community.   She majored in English and minored in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University.

Chris has been a substitute teacher in Indiana and Michigan.   She began a career at Lakeland Hospital, Niles, in 1989 and recently retired as supervisor of volunteers in Niles and Berrien Springs.

Chris decided to run for the office of township trustee to be a servant leader.   Her highest ambition is to serve those she works with and the community.    “Leadership by example” is her motto.

She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 32 years.   They have a daughter, Jenni, and a son, Gabe, along with a granddaughter and grandson.

Contact the Niles Charter Township

Office: 269-684-0870
email: cvella@nilestwpmi.gov

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Herschel Hoese

Bio Information:

Herschel is serving his 1st term as Trustee for the Township. He got involved in Township government by attending meetings for 2 years prior to running for office. 

Herschel brings to the Board his experience in the construction industry including commercial project management, estimating and contracting.  He is currently employed by the University of Notre Dame as an usher and tour guide for the athletic department.  He also holds a Real Estate license in Michigan.

Herschel was born and raised in Niles.  He moved to Houston Texas for a while and returned to Niles in 1984.

Herschel is married to Helen, his wife of 30 years, and has four children and six grandchildren.

Herschel's goal as a Trustee is to make sure that Niles Township remains as one of the best places in Michigan to live and to facilitate a positive environment for business and industry to locate to.

Contact the Niles Charter Township

Office: 269-684-0870
email:  hhoese@nilestwpmi.gov

Daniel Pulaski Minimize

Daniel C. Pulaski, Jr., Trustee

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The Niles Charter Township Board of Trustees meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Niles Charter Township Hall.

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