Kent County appoints administrator


Wayman Britt. Courtesy Kent County

The Kent County Board of Commissioners has named the new administrator for the county.

The board voted unanimously, 19 to 0, to appoint Wayman Britt to the role of administrator/controller.

He had been serving as interim administrator/controller since July 2017.

Britt will implement board policies, oversee the daily activities of the county, serve as the chief administrative officer and chief financial officer and supervise functions that report to the board.

“I am humbled by the support I’ve received throughout the process and honored to be selected by the board,” Britt said. “I will continue to serve the people of Kent County with passion and enthusiasm, and I’m confident we will continue to find innovative ways to provide residents with the great programs and services they’ve come to know.”

Britt’s appointment was the culmination of a year-long search involving nearly 70 applicants from across the U.S.

Board Chair Jim Saalfeld assembled a recruitment subcommittee, including himself, current and former commissioners and community leaders, to lead the search process.

“This was a comprehensive search that led to a clear-cut result: Wayman Britt is the best person for the job,” Saalfeld said. ““I’ve worked with Wayman for the past seven years, and I am confident Kent County has selected an outstanding leader and administrator.”

Britt has served Kent County since 2004, serving as management oversight for the Kent County Health Department, Community Action and Veterans Services.

“I’ve received many calls and emails from residents showing their support for Wayman throughout this process,” said Carol Hennessy, board minority party vice-chair and a member of the recruitment subcommittee. “He is the right choice for this role.”

Previously, Britt held several management positions at Steelcase and Michigan National Bank.

He has also served on various boards in the community: the Gerald R. Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America; Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Grand Rapids Downtown Market; West Michigan Sports Commission; Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy; and Kent County Human Services.

He holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Michigan.

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