Bing Goei appointed Third Ward Commissioner

Published on March 19, 2024

Third Ward Commissioner Bing Goei

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – At its Tuesday, March 19 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved and appointed Bing Siong Goei to fill the Third Ward Commissioner position left vacant by the resignation of Commissioner Nathaniel Moody. Goei will serve out the remaining eight months of the Third Ward commissioner position’s unexpired term. The City Commission will formally affirm the appointment and swear in Goei at their City Commission at their 7:00 p.m. March 19 evening meeting.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss expressed her appreciation to her colleagues on the Committee on Appointments for leading the appointment process. She also thanked Goei and the other six Third Ward Commission Vacancy Applicants for having the willingness to serve and the courage to step up and be considered in a very public process.

“This has been a transparent and thoughtful process and I am grateful for members of our Committee on Appointments for their work,” Mayor Bliss said. “I also congratulate Mr. Goei on his selection as our next Third Ward commissioner. He has been an active member of our community for decades and I trust he will represent the residents of the Third Ward to the best of his ability here on the City Commission.”

Goei, a 64-year Grand Rapids resident, is the first Asian American to serve on the Grand Rapids City Commission. He is a small business entrepreneur and owner of two Grand Rapids businesses – Eastern Floral and the Goei Center.

In his application for appointment, Commissioner Goei wrote, “I am blessed to be at a stage in my life which will allow me to provide the necessary time to listen to and serve the residents of the Third Ward. It will be an honor and a privilege to represent the Third Ward.

“Throughout my life, I have made a commitment to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of all the residents living in the Third Ward. Most of my efforts have focused on ensuring that underserved communities are not forgotten. I have been involved with the work of the Hispanic Center, the NAACP, Amplify GR, GRABB, Asian Outreach Center, West Michigan Asian American Association, WWI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, GR Chamber of Commerce and partnered with Levi Rickert on issues impacting the Native American community. While my involvement with these groups is not as active as it was in the past, I continue to be called upon for input by many of these organizations. I am currently serving on the boards of Amplify GR and the West Michigan Asian American Association.”

Commissioner Goei said he appreciates the Mayor and Commission’s support and will continue to support their ongoing work. He also hopes to work to reduce poverty in the Third Ward to build stronger and more vibrant neighborhoods. He will commit to working with City and community leaders to establish and implement strategies that will encourage police and fire department recruits to say "YES" to Grand Rapids.

Commissioner Goei said he will work with organizations who are committed to meeting the needs of the city’s underserved and underrepresented populations. He appreciates the fact that the City has made intentional efforts to bring resources to the Third Ward but acknowledged that much more must be done to overcome the lack of investments experienced by residents in previous years. He remains confident that the City will be able to do so and to do so with a sense of urgency.

The process to appoint a new Third Ward commissioner began January 23 when the City opened the application period (through February 1). On February 6, the City Commission’s Committee on Appointments (COA) reviewed the applications and recommended seven qualified candidates. On February 20, the COA interviewed those candidates and then narrowed the field to three – Bing Goei, Marshall Kilgore and John Krajewski. On March 5, the City Commission interviewed the finalists before making its selection this morning and confirming the vote this evening.

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