Kent County board names 2022 leadership

Stan Stek. Courtesy Kent County

Two new board members were appointed at a Jan. 3 Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Stan Stek, a Republican serving District 6, was selected as board chair, and Emily Brieve, a Republican of District 10, was named vice chair. Brieve also will chair the legislative and human resources committee.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their confidence, as it is truly an honor to be chosen to lead this board,” Stek said. “I look forward to working together to maintain our strong fiscal position, improve residents’ quality of life, enhance the overall delivery of services and ensure continued economic growth for the region.”

Stek, previous vice chair and an attorney at Miller Canfield, first was elected to the commission in 2014 and brings experience serving on various other boards and committees, including the Kent County Community Action Board, Kent County Workforce Development Board, Millennium Park Advisory Board, Walker Citizens Advisory Committee, Michigan Works! and Network 180.

He also served on the county’s senior millage allocation board, crisis center task force and dedicated millage committee.

Emily Brieve. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

Brieve works for Wayland-based tool company FasTool and has represented the 10th District since 2014. She also serves as chair of the Kent County Board of Public Works and Community Health Advisory committees and remains a member of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, Grand Rapids Public Museum and West Michigan Sports Commission.

Commissioner Diane Jones of District 4 will continue to serve as chair of the finance and physical resources committee.

“We have a strong board and an incredible community, and we are committed to supporting the prosperity of our businesses and residents,” Stek said.  “We look forward to tackling the challenges ahead with fiscal responsibility, innovation and collaboration.”

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