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Village of Grass Lake Hires New Village Manager

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David Trent has a love of politics. Given Raymond’s passion for politics,  it is probably a good thing that I drew the assignment of interviewing the new Village Manager as the 7:00 Village Council meeting may have never happened.

David Trent was selected by the Village Council as the New Village manager after several months long process of creating a job description, interviewing and selecting a candidate. He officially started on the job on September 18th.

Trent brings with him 12 years of municipal government experience and over 30 years of management experience. His interest in politics started early, running for an open school board position in Plymouth at the age of 19. “It was a great learning experience” he said, and “helped me get involved in the community and the JC’s. The JC’s is a leadership training and civic organization whose areas of emphasis are business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections.

Trent, a passionate golfer who denies having a reportable handicap, is from Salem Township where “I have had the honor of serving on the township board.  Last fall I was elected to a second term as trustee and previously served as the clerk for two terms.

I have been married to my college sweetheart, Cindy, for 41 years and we have three adult children:  Amanda, Michael, and Joshua.  Just this past year we became grandparents of an adorable granddaughter, Maci Rae, who is 7 months old.

I attended Schoolcraft College earning an Associates of Arts degree and finished up my undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree.”

Trent most recently served as the Village Manager for the Village of Ortonville. He was dismissed from that position by a recently elected Village Council that was strongly opposed to discussions of implementing a sewer system, despite strong support from the business community and the schools. “The perception, and perception is all that really matters,  was that I was spending all my time researching sewers despite a strong vote against it recently. I was trying to research whether people were opposed to the sewers or the cost of the sewers and how we could mitigate the costs associated with them. Businesses and schools were spending $100 thousands of dollars maintaining septic fields. There could be no new growth, no new restaurants without a sewer system according to the DEQ.” The vote was 4-3.

For the Village of Grass Lake, one of his highest priorities is to get the new budget together and create a long term, capital improvement plan. “So we can get the equipment we need, when we need it, within our limited tax base.”

Tom Nolte is still working with him during this transition period. “It was great of the Village Council to make that institutional knowledge available.”

I look forward to meeting citizens and business owners over the next few months to hear their concerns and ideas on how we can continually improve our level of services.  I have already been impressed by the volunteer spirit and love of the community demonstrated by the folks I met during the Heritage Day festivities earlier in the month.

Come meet and speak with the new Village Manager during a Meet & Greet on October 10, 2017 at The Village Offices from 5pm-7pm.


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