Grand Rapids City Commission finalists chosen

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The three finalists to fill a vacant Grand Rapids City Commission seat have been announced.

They are:

  • Joseph Jones, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Urban League.
  • Terrence McGee, a retired Grand Rapids Police Department sergeant and detective.
  • Tamara VandenBerg, the co-owner of Meanwhile Bar and the Pyramid Scheme bar. She also runs a nonprofit housing group called Well House.

>>PDF: Additional information on each candidate

The candidate pool was narrowed down from 11 after 30-minute public interviews with sitting city commissioners on Tuesday.

Citizens will have their chance to question the finalists at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the GRPS University, located at 1400 Fuller Ave. NE. The public meeting will air on Cable Channel 26 and stream live on the city’s website.

There will be another public hearing with the remaining candidates at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9. Finalists will then be invited back for second interviews at a special meeting of the city commission on Feb. 16.

Commissioners will choose a new commissioner on Feb. 23. The new commissioner will be sworn in that night.

Whoever is chosen will represent the Second Ward, filling the seat vacated when Rosalynn Bliss took over as mayor.

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