Joel Hondorp was selected as the Grand Rapids City Clerk in April 2018.
Prior to being selected as the City Clerk, Mr. Hondorp served as Byron Township Clerk from 2000 - 2018. During his tenure at Byron Township he was selected as the 2010 Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Township Clerk of the year and in 2012 served as President of the MAMC. He also served as a Trustee in Byron Township from 1996-2000. He is a member of Rotary International, the Kent County Clerks Association, life-member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, the Byron Township Fire Department and the VanSingel Fine Arts Foundation. He received his Certified Municipal Clerk status from the IIMC in 2009 and attained the status of Master Municipal Clerk in 2019.
Joel is a graduate of Byron Center High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University. He was a 2003 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program. Joel spent his college summers working for the City of Grand Rapids in the Water Department and the Waste Water Industrial Pretreatment Program.
After hours, Joel enjoys spending time with his family and attending all their various events. His hobbies include reading, golfing, fantasy football and cooking food outdoors.