Kent County Board of Commissioners begins narrowing commissioner search | News
LOWELL, Mich.— Kent County officials say 13 people have applied to replace a Kent County Commissioner accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl.
Gary Rolls resigned from his District 4 seat Jan. 1. In a statement released the previous month, Rolls said he would use his time to prepare for trial to “prove my absolute and complete innocence.”
The county is looking for someone to finish out his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. District 4 represents Lowell, Cannon Township, Grattan Township, Oakfield Township and Vergennes Township. Eligible candidates must be from one of those communities.
"We are fortunate to have received so many applications for this position," said Dan Koorndyk, chairman of the board of commissioners. "The next step is for our executive committee to narrow down that list to the top three candidates."
At least three finalists will be interviewed by the executive committee during a special meeting on Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public.
On Jan. 23, the executive committee will whittle the pool of candidates down to one person, who they will recommend to the full board of commissioners. The board of commissioners has until Feb. 1, 2014 to appoint someone to the seat.