The Kent County Road Commission is governed by a five-member County Board of Road Commissioners. The members are appointed to six-year terms by the Kent County Board of Commissioners. The road commissioners represent the entire county, not specific districts.
Kent County Road Commission board meetings are held at 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise announced. Typically, meetings take place at KCRC’s Central Complex, located at 1900 4 Mile Road NW, Walker, Michigan 49544. However, in accordance with the emergency order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, board meetings are currently being held remotely via Zoom video or telephone conferencing, and the public is invited to participate remotely.
Persons with impairments or disabilities needing accommodations to participate in the meeting or persons who need language interpretation services may contact the Office of the Road Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.242.6960 at least 24 hours before the meeting to make arrangements for appropriate accommodation.
The Board of Road Commissioners is responsible for approval of the Annual Budget, adoption of policies, acceptance of bids, authorization of expenditures, approval of contracts and agreements, and all other policy matters.
Rob VerHeulen was appointed to the Board of the Kent County Road Commission in 2019 and serves as Chair, having served as Vice Chair from 2020 to 2022. Commissioner VerHeulen formerly served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives,for which he chaired the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation from 2013 to 2014. He also served as mayor of Walker, Michigan from 2001 to 2012 and represented Walker on the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Urban Cooperation Board, Interurban Transit Partnership Board, and West Michigan Sports Commission. Before taking public office, Commissioner VerHeulen worked as an attorney for Meijer Inc. and most recently as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel to The Meijer Foundation. He has served on several boards for non-profit and philanthropic organizations including Mel Trotter Ministries, the Gerald R. Ford Boy Scouts Council, Plymouth Christian Schools, and the Christian Rest Home. Commissioner VerHeulen attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from the University of Michigan, receiving his juris doctorate from Wayne State University.
David J. Morren was appointed to the Board of the Kent County Road Commission in 2014 and was appointed Vice Chair in 2021. Previously, Commissioner Morren served on Kent County Board of Commissioners for 14 years, serving three years as Chairman and sitting on various public boards during his tenure. Commissioner Morren is the owner of Insignia Homes and has served as elder and deacon of his church.
Cynthia Porter Janes was appointed to the Board of the Kent County Road Commission in 2015 and served as Vice Chair from 2017 to 2019. Commissioner Janes is the Architectural & Engineering Services Director at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTCH) and previously worked as an Education Practice Leader for AECOM. Commissioner Janes serves as a commissioner of the Kent County Board of Public Works and trustee of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Previously, Commissioner Janes served six years on the GVMC board (five years on the Executive Committee); five years on the Cascade Township Planning Commission (including one year as chair); seven years as township trustee, elected to the Cascade Township Board; and nine years on the Board of Directors for the Cascade Community Foundation.
Dave Medema was appointed to the Board of the Kent County Road Commission in 2017. Commissioner Medema is the owner of Medema Consulting Associates LLC, which was established in 1999, and has served as Board Member of the Michigan League for Public Policy. Commissioner Medema has also been a member of the City of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Community Development Citizens Committee. Commissioner Medema is a graduate of Calvin College, has a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and studied at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is a certified coach and trainer for the Right Use of Power Institute in Boulder, Colorado. An avid bicyclist, Commissioner Medema proudly completed a ride from San Francisco, California, to Grand Rapids in 2011.
Roger Morgan was appointed to the Board of the Kent County Road Commission in 2023. Currently, Commissioner Morgan serves as vice chair of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board and recently concluded his 22-year tenure on the Kent County Board of Commissioners representing District 2. During that time, he served as chair from 2006 – 2009, vice chair from 2003 – 2005, chair of the Finance Committee from 2003 – 2005, and chair of Executive Committee. Commissioner Morgan was the CEO of Rockford Ambulance for nearly 40 years, overseeing the company’s national accreditation, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University. Commissioner Morgan has also served as a member of the County Dispatch Authority, Fire Commission, County Township Liaison, Public Works Board, Pension Board, Community Mental Health Authority Board, Grand Valley Metro Council, ACSET Board, Human Services Committee Chair, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids – Kent County Convention/Arena Authority Liaison, Justice Task Force, Drain Board, Bargaining Parameters / Benefits Subcommittee, Millennium Park Architectural Advisory Board, Sinking Fund Commission, ACSET, Millennium Park Community Committee, 63rd District Court Subcommittee Chair, Millennium Park Architectural Advisory Review Board, Aeronautics, and others.