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Thirteen candidates apply for District 4 seat


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Thirteen candidates applied by the 5 p.m. Monday deadline for Kent County District 4 seat, vacated January 1, 2014, by former Commissioner Gary Rolls. District 4 covers the city of Lowell, Cannon Township, Grattan Township, Oakfield Township and Vergennes Township.

“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 that list down to the top three candidates.”

At least three candidates will be interviewed, by the Executive Committee, on January 16, 2014, during a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public. The Executive Committee will meet again January 23, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. to recommend the person they have selected to the full Board of Commissioners that same morning.

The Board of Commissioners has until February 1, 2014 to make an appointment for the seat. The person selected will serve a term, which runs through December 2014.

Rolls resigned his seat after being charged with four counts of first-degree criminal conduct, three involving a child, and one involving a victim at age 17.

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Kent County Commissioner resigns amid CSC charges


Commissioner Gary Rolls

Commissioner Gary Rolls

A Kent County Commissioner charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct announced last week that he is resigning as of January 1, 2014.

Kent County District 4 Commissioner Gary Rolls, 47, represents the townships of Oakfield, Grattan, Cannon, Vergennes, and the City of Lowell. He was arraigned last month on the CSC charges, three of which involve a child, and one involving the victim at age 17. He is also charged with tampering with evidence and using a computer to commit a crime. Bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety, and Rolls bonded out.

The victim, who is now 28, was reportedly a former neighbor of Rolls, who he began assaulting when she was nine or ten, and it continued for 13 years. She filed a restraining order against him in 2012, which brought the crime to light.

In his resignation letter, Rolls thanked the citizens of Kent County for allowing him to serve them. “I will use this time to prepare for trial and prove my absolute and complete innocence,” he added.

Dan Koorndyk, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said they accepted his resignation. “We appreciate that he recognizes it is better for the

Board of Commissioners to select a new member who can represent District 4 without distraction.”

The Board of Commissioners has 30 days from the effective date of resignation to select an individual to replace Rolls through the rest of his term. The person selected for that seat will hold it through December 2014. Those seeking the appointment to District 4 to replace Rolls should send a letter and resume to the Board of Commissioners Office, 300 Monroe Avenue, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, by January 6, 2014.

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