Oronoko Township was organized on March 11, 1837 and became a Charter Township in 1988. Some believe that the township was named after Oronoko, an Indian Chief known by the Governor, George Mason. Others believe that the township was named after the heroine in the novel “Oronoko, OR, The Royal Slave: A True History”, published by Mrs. Aphra Behn in 1688. The seat of Berrien County government was moved to Berrien Springs, the heart of Oronoko Charter Township, that same year of 1837.
Oronoko Charter Township is a family oriented community that prides itself on its fruit industry and world-class wineries. It is home to the Berrien County Youth Fair, the largest youth fair in the Midwest. Its conservative character, close proximity to steelhead fishing and recreational activities, the parks and campgrounds, and the Berrien Springs Public Schools make this township an ideal place for families with young children. The excellent fire and police departments provide protection and service to the community.
During the past two centuries, Oronoko Charter Township has been essentially a rural farming community. In 1901, it became the home of Emmanuel Missionary College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. This institution, renamed “Andrews University”, has added cultural diversity to the community.
Oronoko Charter Township community vision is as follows:
  • Maintain the atmosphere of a family oriented / farming community.
  • Attract more tourists to the area.
  • Encourage light industrial entrepreneurs to locate in the township.


The OFFICIAL location for postings of all meetings is the bulletin board on the front of the Township Hall building.

Information on the Oronoko Charter Township website is provided as a service to the community. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, official information is available at the Township office.


The Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department (an equal opportunity employer), located in central Berrien County, MI, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Chief of Police. The Department offers 24 hour/7-day coverage of the 36 square miles of service area. 9 sworn officers (including the Chief) and an administrative assistant comprise the department. Several reserves and volunteers assist in various ways as well. Oronoko Charter Township, which includes the Village of Berrien Springs, has a 2010 population of approximately 9200. That number increases during the school year due to the presence of approximately 3400 students at Andrews University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning. The University is culturally diverse, and maintains a large dairy and an airpark. The community features abundant orchards, vineyards, wineries, and farmland and is rather rural in character. Some business and light industrial manufacturing exists near downtown Berrien Springs. The Berrien County Youth Fair offers year-round activities and is proposing to build the Expo Arena—a $17 million indoor event/equestrian center. There is also development potential due to construction of water and sewer extensions along M139 to the US 31 interchange scheduled for Spring, 2015. The position is salaried exempt. Compensation is commensurate with experience and begins at $60,000, plus a competitive benefits package. A full job description can be found online at www.oronokotownship.org. Applications and resumes are due on or before January 5, 2015 and will be received at: Oronoko Charter Township Attn: Supervisor P.O. Box 214 Berrien Springs, MI 49103 Email: supervisor@oronokotownship.org. See Employment Tab under Township Information.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY, December 25 & 26, 2014
Township Offices Closed for Christmas

WEDNESDAY, December 31, 2014 at Noon & All Day THURSDAY, January 1, 2015
Township Offices Closed for New Years

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