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Kent County administrator and controller announces retirement

September 29, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Long-time Kent County Administrator and Controller Daryl Delabbio is retiring.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Delabbio announced his intentions to retire in June 2017.

Delabbio has been in his current position with the county since 1998. He joined Kent County as assistant county administrator in 1995.

Delabbio thanked past and present members of the Kent County Board of Commissioners during his announcement.

“I appreciate the boards for their leadership and commitment to public service and their support and confidence,” Delabbio said. “I also want to acknowledge and thank the extremely hardworking, dedicated, professional staff that is second to none.”

Delabbio manages the day-to-day operations of Kent County, its 1,700 employees and $360-million operating budget.

During his tenure, Kent County has had 18 consecutive years of AAA bond ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investor Services.

“Daryl’s work for Kent County is priceless, and he has truly led with a servant’s heart,” said Jim Saalfeld, chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners. “Today, I believe Kent County is in as good of shape as it has ever been, and Daryl has played a significant role in getting us there.”

Saalfeld said Delabbio's contract was originally set to expire at the end of 2016, but a resolution to extend it six months will be in front of the board soon. The extension was agreed upon to help with the timing for a replacement. 

Saalfeld said he will set up a subcommittee task force to receive and review applications and present a recommendation for a replacement to the entire board of commissioners.

“Filling Daryl’s shoes will not be easy,” Saalfeld said. “I’m not afraid to take some time on this matter.”

Prior to joining Kent County, Delabbio served 11 years as Rockford city manager.

He serves on the International City/County Management Association, Michigan Local Government Management Association and Michigan Association of County Administrative Officers.

He has also served on various boards: Grand Valley Metropolitan Council; The Right Place; Davenport University Maine School of Business Advisory Board; and the Grand Valley State University School of Public and Non-Profit Administration Advisory Board.

Delabbio holds bachelor’s degree in political science and master of management from Aquinas College, as well as a master of public administration from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.

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