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Road Commission Mourns the Loss of Former Managing Director Steven A. Warren

Road Commission Mourns the Loss of Former Managing Director Steven A. Warren

January 25, 2024

With heavy hearts, the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) shares that former Managing Director Steven A. Warren died on January 23 after battling cancer. Steve’s legacy endures through the countless lives he impacted at KCRC and beyond. His leadership left an indelible mark on the region's infrastructure and influenced transportation across the state.

“We mourn the loss of a leader, a colleague and a friend,” said KCRC Board Chair Rob VerHeulen. “Steve led with a strategic vision. He consistently guided his team and the road commission's ongoing achievements for the benefit of the community we collectively serve. He will be greatly missed.”

Steve joined KCRC in 1988 and was named managing director in 2013, holding the leadership position until his retirement in September 2023. At the helm, Steve managed KCRC’s long and short-range strategic plan­ning programs, established an integrated asset management program, and spearheaded several major improvement proj­ects. KCRC’s new state-of-the-art central complex at 1900 4 Mile Road NW came to fruition under his vision and direction.

Steve was a long-standing board member of the County Road Association of Michigan, having previously served terms as both president and vice president. He was also a founding member of Michigan’s Transportation Asset Management Council and was an active voice at the Grand Valley Metro Council.

“Steve will be remembered for his sharp wit, quick smile and professional acumen,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s managing director. “He liked to tell us that the only two things he loved more than the road commission were his family and the MSU Spartans.”

From your KCRC family, this one’s for you, Steve: “Go green, go white!”

Steven A. Warren's obituary is available here.