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Kent County appoints interim administrator

April 27, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Wayman Britt
Wayman Britt. Courtesy Kent County

Kent County has named a long-time employee to be interim administrator.

With Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio retiring in June, the county board of commissioners announced today that Assistant County Administrator Wayman Britt will serve in the interim capacity beginning July 1.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed by the board to serve in this interim role,” Britt said. “We have done some great work as a county, and I am confident we will continue making Kent County one of the great places to live and work.”

Wayman joined the Kent County staff in 2004, with oversight for the Kent County Health Department, Community Development and Housing Department and Veterans Services Department.

“In selecting Wayman, the board noted his commitment to our community, collaborative nature and impeccable ethical standards,” Board of Commissioners Chair Jim Saalfeld said.

Saalfeld also assembled an Administrator/Controller Recruitment Subcommittee to search for Delabbio’s full-time replacement.

Prior to joining the county, Britt worked for Steelcase and Michigan National Bank's central region.

He has a communications degree from the University of Michigan.

Britt has also served on a variety of boards and councils: the Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America; Grand Rapids Community Foundation; treasurer, Grand Rapids Downtown Market; West Michigan Sports Commission; Grand Rapids Job Corps Community Relations Council; and Kent County American Red Cross Executive Board.

“Wayman brings a solid combination of private and public sector experience to the role,” said Delabbio, who has held the role since 1998. “He has a service-oriented perspective and is respected for his ability to collaborate and look at creative ways to provide the best services to our residents.”

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