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City hires comptroller

December 6, 2019
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Charles Frantz
Charles "Max" Frantz. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids has a new comptroller.

The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously appointed Charles “Max” Frantz to fill the vacant city comptroller position.

The comptroller oversees the city's accounting office, which is responsible for internal audits, payroll, accounts payable and accounting services.

Frantz was one of two finalists who participated in interviews with the city commission on Nov. 19. During his interview, he said his decision to apply for the vacancy was rooted in a recent visit he took to the John F. Kennedy Memorial and Museum in Dallas, Texas.

“It was a moving experience for me,” Frantz said. “One thing that President Kennedy was famous for saying was that, ‘Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.’ That just really stuck with me. That is why I am here, because I believe it’s an honorable and commendable action to come forward and serve one’s community.”

Frantz will be sworn into office during a ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the ninth-floor Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW.

Frantz is a change manager at Amway, where he also serves as a senior financial analyst and treasurer of the company’s political action committee. He is a resident of the city’s Third Ward. He has completed internal audit assignments and focused on improving banking controls. He has seven years of corporate finance experience and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Grand Valley State University.

Grand Rapids voters typically elect the city comptroller to serve a four-year term. Since recently departed City Comptroller Sarah VanderWerff left before her term was to end on Dec. 31, 2021, the city commission was required to appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term.

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