City Commission to accept applications for Third Ward seat

Published on June 12, 2018

Photograph of empty Commission seat

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City Commission this evening announced its plans to accept applications for the Third Ward seat vacated by Commissioner David Allen. This evening’s City Commission meeting marked the last one for Allen, who stepped down to focus on his role as executive director of the Kent County Land Bank.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said the Commission would work with the City’s Human Resources Department to finalize the application process. She said she expected to be able to announce the details in the next few weeks.

Allen joined the City Commission in January 2016 and was chair of the Fiscal Committee. The Third Ward seat will be up for election in August 2019.

Mayor Bliss thanked Allen for his “dedication and sacrifice.”

“You served in this role with your full heart and soul. You brought a lot of energy and expertise to the Commission, particularly around very complex issues,” she said.

Allen said it had been a pleasure to serve on the Commission.

“I truly regret the need to step down,” he said. “I am excited about the opportunity to advance the work of the Kent County Land Bank, but I am sad to leave this role. I am going to miss the budget process and my partnership with (Third Ward Commissioner) Senita (Lenear) and all my colleagues on the Commission.”