Kent County commissioners have elected a new chair and named others to a variety of leadership posts on committees, subcommittees and boards.
Mandy Bolter was elected to serve as board chair, taking the place of Jim Saalfeld, who said last year his third one-year term would be his last in the role, according to a previous Business Journal report.
Bolter was first appointed to the board in 2014 and was elected to her first full term later that year. She works as a senior analyst at Spectrum Health and previously had an 18-year career in legislature and state appropriations.
Bolter expressed gratitude for being elected to the role and said she hopes the amount and difference of experience each of the 19 commissioners brings will be a positive asset.
“I hope we can park the politics at the door and bring some productive public service to this board,” Bolter said.
Stan Stek was elected as board vice chair and also will chair the legislative and human services committee.
Diane Jones will continue serving as chair of the finance and physical resources committee, with Emily Brieve elected as vice chair.
Jim Talen will serve as minority vice-chair for the board and both committees.
Two newly elected board members, Monica Sparks and Stephen Wooden, began their terms.
The board also approved appointments for various committees, subcommittees and boards. The county received 146 applications for 55 vacancies.
Agricultural Preservation Board
Commissioner Matt Kallman
Area Agency on Aging – Advisory Council
Commissioner Stephen Wooden
Area Agency on Aging – Board of Directors
Commissioner Carol Hennessy
Community Corrections Advisory Board
Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock
Commissioner Jim Talen
Christine Tober, defense attorney
Christine Witters, probation representative
Community Health Advisory Committee
Commissioner Emily Brieve
Commissioner Betsy Melton
Savator Selden-Johnson, DHHS representative
Mark Swan, health care provider
Lori Pearl-Kraus, health care provider
Lisa Knight, community-based organization
County Building Authority
Commissioner Roger Morgan
Commissioner Tom Antor
Carlton Blough, township elected official
Jacqueline Smith, township elected official
Jennifer Venema, township elected official
Foreign Trade Zone Board
Wayman Britt, county administrator
FOC Citizens Advisory Committee
Chuck DeWitt, sheriff’s designee
Michelle Smith-Lowe, prosecutor’s designee
Kyle Quinn, family law attorney
Malique Greer, general public representative
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board
Dan Koorndyk, county representative
Grand Valley Metro Council
Grand Rapids – Kent County Convention/Arena Authority
Kent County Community Action Agency Advisory Governing Board
Tom Oosterbaan, consumer sector representative
Jessica White-Hatinger, public sector representative
Kent County Family & Children’s Coordinating Council
Jack Greenfield, private agency representative
Scott Smith, Kent ISD superintendent at-large
Kasie Pickardt, private agency representative
Maureen Kirkwood, private funding representative
Kent District Library Board
Kent Hospital Finance Authority
Lakeshore Regional Partners Substance Abuse Oversight Policy Board
Land Bank Authority
Millennium Park Architectural Advisory Review Board
Commissioner Stan Stek
Dave Custer, design community representative
Public Works Board
Commissioner Tom Antor
Commissioner Phil Skaggs
Remonumentation Peer Review Group
Arthur Brintnall, professional surveyor
Ken Vierzen, professional surveyor
Randall Jonker, professional surveyor
Dan Pratt, professional surveyor
Veterans’ Services Committee