Britt Joins Kent Team

March 8, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County Administrator and Controller Daryl Delabbio has hired former Steelcase Inc. executive and University of Michigan basketball player Wayman Britt as an assistant administrator for the county.

“Wayman Britt is a high-quality individual and has strong leadership skills. He will bring a unique perspective to the county’s executive staff,” said Delabbio.

Delabbio made the announcement this morning.

Britt fills a void in the administrative staff that opened when Deputy Administrator Alan Vanderberg left Kent County in late December to become Ottawa County administrator.

“I think Wayman will do an outstanding job for the county,” said Kent County Chairman David Morren. “He has a high degree of integrity and his genuiness was apparent during the interview process.”

Britt was among six finalists for the position and the only private-sector applicant that was interviewed.

Britt served as treasurer for the Kent County Republican Party and as secretary for the Kent County Republican Committee’s Outreach Task Force.

He was appointed to a three-year term to the county’s Family Independence Board in 2001. His term expires in October, but the position requires him to resign from the board before then.

As a basketball player, Britt was a defensive specialist for the Wolverines and he played a season for the Detroit Pistons. Britt, a Flint Northern graduate, was inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame last month.

Britt worked at Steelcase from 1978 to 2002. His last position at the office furniture maker was performance management consultant for corporate quality. Before joining Steelcase, Britt was employed by Michigan National Bank.

“I’ve known Wayman for about seven years, and I was intrigued with his resume,” said Delabbio. “The more I thought about it, and the manner in which he interviewed, the more convinced I became that he was the right person for the job.”    

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