Elected Officials

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Mayor

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  • Telephone(616) 456-3168
  • Email mayor@grcity.us
  • ProfileMayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years.

Dave Shaffer

First Ward Commissioner

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  • Telephone(616) 456-3035
  • Email dshaffer@grcity.us
  • ProfilePrior to serving as City Commission, Dave was President of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization. He reached the Commission's term limit and is serving his final term, which will end in December 2017.

Ruth E. Kelly

Second Ward Commissioner

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  • Telephone(616) 456-3035
  • Email rkelly@grcity.us
  • ProfileRuth’s current four-year term begins in January 2016 and ends December 31, 2019.​ Ruth serves on the North Quarter CID and is the commission liaison for the Urban Forestry Committee.

Joseph D. Jones

Second Ward Commissioner

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  • Telephone(616) 456-3035
  • Email jdjones@grcity.us
  • ProfileCurrent term expires December 31, 2017. Commissioner Joe Jones won re-election for a new 4 year term starting January 1, 2018.

Senita Lenear

Third Ward Commissioner

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  • Telephone(616) 456-3035
  • Email slenear@grcity.us
  • ProfileCommissioner Lenear has served as Third Ward City Commissioner since January 2014. Chair of the Mayor’s Safe Alliance for Everyone (SAFE) Task Force. Current term expires December 31, 2017. Commissioner Lenear won re-election for a new 4 year term starting January 1, 2018.

Sara VanderWerff

City Comptroller

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  • Telephone616-456-3189
  • Email svanderw@grcity.us
  • ProfileCurrent term expires December 31, 2017. Comptroller Sara VanderWerff won re-election for a new 4 year term starting January 1, 2018.