Road Commissioners

Meet the Commissioners

Tom Elhart

Tom Elhart

Chairman

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Tom was first appointed to the Road Commission in January 2011 with a current term expiring December 31, 2022. He was born and raised in Ottawa County and currently resides in the City of Grand Haven. A Hope College graduate, Tom is an Associate Broker with Signature Real Estate and has served on several boards for non-profit organizations. He also is a Rotary past-president and Paul Harris Fellow.

Jim Miedema

Jim Miedema

Vice-Chairman

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Jim was appointed to the Road Commission in January 2013 with a term expiring December 31, 2018. He was reappointed for another 6-year term beginning January 2019, expiring December 31, 2024. He is a retired body shop owner and currently resides in the Jamestown Township area. Jim has over 20 years of township service as a former Jamestown Township Supervisor and is currently serving as a Jamestown Township Trustee.

Betty Gajewski

Betty Gajewski

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Betty was first appointed to the Road Commission in December 2014. She was reappointed in December 2020 to a current term running January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2025. She has owned a business and worked as an environmental professional for a nonprofit organization, public university, international manufacturer, engineering firm, and development commission. Betty served as a member of several Ottawa County commissions as well as the Tallmadge Township Planning Commission.

Tom Bird

Tom Bird

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Tom was first appointed to the Road Commission in January 2011. He was reappointed to a two-year term in December 2020 for a term running January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022. He resides in the Park Township area. Tom is a retired telecommunications engineer having worked for 45 years in engineering management and as a consulting engineer.

Kurt Van Koevering

Kurt Van Koevering

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Kurt was first appointed to the Road Commission in December 2020, with a current term running January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2025. He was born and raised in Ottawa County and currently resides in the City of Zeeland. A Hope College graduate, Kurt is the President of Zeeland Record/ZR Graphics, a 128-year family printing, publishing and large format business, and editor of the Zeeland Record. Kurt is co-president of the Bridge Ministry Center and a past member of the City of Zeeland’s Shopping Area Redevelopment Board. He also served on the City of Zeeland Planning Commission for 27 years.