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Kent County Commissioner stepping down Feb. 1
Kent County Commissioner stepping down Feb. 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is about to begin to replace another Kent County commissioner.

Sandi Frost Steensma will officially resign from her post on Saturday, Feb. 1.  Steensma began serving on the Board of Commissioners seven years ago.  She was re-elected three times to represent District 5, which covers Bowne Township, Cascade Township, Lowell Township and a part of Caledonia Township.

“Commissioner Steensma has operated in a bi-partisan manner in the commission chambers,

while working to maintain the county’s balanced budgets and AAA Credit Rating,” said commission chairman Dan Koorndyk of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “She has shown a passion for the parks and other programs that make Kent County a quality community, and has worked diligently to create a new entity to oversee John Ball Zoo.”

Steensma was recently appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Trustees for Lake Superior State University.

“Sandi’s leadership during the past seven years has helped keep the County get through some turbulent times fiscally,” added Daryl Delabbio, County Administrator/Controller. “I appreciate her dedication, hard work, and commitment to Kent County. She will certainly bring these qualities to Lake Superior State University and whatever activities are in her future.”

The Kent County Board of Commissioners will have 30 days from her resignation to find a replacement, who will serve out the rest of Steensma’s term, which expires in December 2014.  People who live in District 5 and are interested in applying for the position are asked to send a letter and resume to the Board of Commissioners Office, 300 Monroe Avenue, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 by Feb. 10, 2014.