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My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA
My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

Vanderberg is from Grand Rapids.  He is the chief administrative officer for Ottawa County.  Vanderberg previously served as The deputy county administrator for Kent County, the city manager of South Haven, the assistant city manager of Greenville, and a budget-policy analyst for Lenawee County. Vanderberg also serves as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as the chair of the board of directors of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, and former chair of the board of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance.  

Behler is from New Era.  She has served on the MMSA since it was created in 2012. She is the group vice president of public affairs and communications for Meijer Inc., as well as the executive director of the Meijer Foundation. She previously worked as senior legal counsel for Meijer and as an attorney at Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge. She serves on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Heart of West Michigan United Way, and has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan.