Grand Rapids commissioner stepping down


David Allen. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

A Grand Rapids commissioner is leaving his seat.

The City of Grand Rapids said yesterday that Third Ward City Commissioner David Allen announced his decision to depart the commission, effective June 12.

Allen has served on the City Commission since January 2016 and is chair of the Fiscal Committee.

He cited the need to focus more on his additional role as executive director of the Kent County Land Bank Authority as the reason for his stepping down.

“This is not a decision I have made lightly,” Allen said. “I do so after much prayer and discussion with my family, close friends and colleagues. I believe I have to stay focused and place all of my energy on where the most urgent need is and where I can make the most impact.”

Allen said he will stay on until the FY2019 Fiscal Plan is approved on June 12 and give the City Commission time to appoint his replacement before the city manager selection process begins in mid-summer.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said she will meet with Third Ward Commissioner Senita Lenear later this week to discuss the new appointment process.

“I am grateful for Commissioner Allen, and I thank him for his dedication, his service and for all of his hard work,” Bliss said. “He has been a great colleague, and he will be missed.”

The appointment process will include a call for applications and interviews with the City Commission.

The seat will be up for election in August 2019.

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