Kent County appoints assistant corporate counsel


Craig Paull. Courtesy Kent County

A man with a long background in technology is the new assistant corporate counsel for Kent County.

Kent County said this month it promoted Craig Paull to the legal role.

Paull has served as director of IT since joining the county in 2004.

He fills the vacancy created when Linda Howell was promoted to corporate counsel in Februrary.

Previously, Paull has held various technology management positions with organizations such as Plante Moran, Family Christian Stores and Amway.

He holds a B.B.A from Grand Valley State University, an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a J.D. from Cooley Law School.

He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and is admitted to practice before the federal court in Grand Rapids and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Paull has drafted multiple appellate briefs filed with the federal court in Cincinnati, as well as local appeals courts.

“In his new role of assistant corporate counsel, Craig will assist the office in deep-dive policy analysis, including special projects, such as community mental health funding,” said Wayman Britt, administrator, Kent County. “Given Craig’s tenure with the county and his past experiences, he is ideally suited to take on this varied role.”

Paull said he’s looking forward to the new challenges set before him.

“The county corporate counsel team is one of the best in the state,” Paull said. “I am excited to be joining a team with a wealth of knowledge. Together with the administrator’s office team, we will make sure the best interests of Kent County residents are our top priority.”

Tim Beck will serve as of interim director of the IT department. He has been deputy director for IT since 2013.

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