Grand Rapids appoints commissioner


Nathaniel Moody, left, shakes hands with City Clerk Joel Hondrop after his swearing in as city commissioner for the Third Ward. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has appointed a new commissioner for the city’s Third Ward.

The Grand Rapids City Commission selected Nathaniel Moody as Third Ward commissioner following interviews with him and two other candidates on July 24.

Moody was sworn in immediately after a vote by city commissioners the same day.

The other two candidates were Ryan Anderson and Austin Dean.

In addition to being a “lifelong” resident of Grand Rapids, Moody is senior pastor of Brown Hutcherson Ministries. He also serves on the Children’s Advocacy Council, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board and Grand Rapids Area Association of Pastors.

He is a former member of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education and Grand Rapids Urban League, among other boards and committees.

In his application, Commissioner Moody pointed to his experience serving on boards with diverse people and addressing issues such as community and police relations, lead poisoning, affordable housing and racism.

“These experiences demonstrate my ability to carry out my duties as Third Ward commissioner,” Moody said. “I will use my wisdom to make reasonable and righteous decisions on behalf of my community.”

Moody fills the seat vacated by former Third Ward Commissioner David Allen in mid-June. Allen said he stepped down from his role with the city to focus more on his responsibilities as executive director of the Kent County Land Bank.

Moody will serve the remainder of Allen’s term until the seat is up for re-election again in August 2019.

He will also join the City Commission at next week’s city manager candidate interviews, set for 2 p.m. on July 31 in the Commission Chambers on the ninth floor of City Hall.

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