View Our Website View All Jobs

Kent County, MI - County Administrator/Controller

Kent County, MI (pop.  642,173) County Seat: City of Grand Rapids.  Kent County is the 4th largest County in the State of Michigan, the largest with a non-elected Administrator /Controller, and home to the second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids.  The County is the central hub of the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which continues to be one of the fastest growing regions of the United States.  Among the factors which have encouraged major growth and have attracted numerous firms from outside the area are: a strong but highly diversified base of industries, an excellent work force, educational opportunities, excellent employer/employee relations, good location and transportation facilities, utilities and possibly the most important, quality of life. 

The County is governed by a 19-member Board of Commissioners.   The Administrator /Controller is responsible for carrying out the policies set forth by the Board and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the County.  The Board is elected on a partisan basis every two years from districts of approximately equal size. The other five elected officers of the County, which include the Sheriff, Clerk/Register of Deeds, Prosecuting Attorney, Drain Commissioner and Treasurer, are elected on a partisan basis serving four-year terms.   The County has approximately 1,700 employees and a combined budget of $342M ($167M General Fund).  The County’s financial position is highly stable, with a AAA bond rating from S&P and Moody’s. 

The County provides a wide and varied range of services including: law enforcement, correctional facility, three court systems, veteran’s services, co-operative extension, property tax collection, vital record management, social services, public health, drain code compliance, and parks. The Department of Public Works manages a waste-to-energy incinerator, a recycle facility and various landfills.  Kent County also has close relationships with the department of health and human services, road commission, airport and zoo.  The County is also a leader in participating in regional public-private collaborative projects.

The County is most interested in individuals who can think strategically and focus on the County’s long-term goals, while maintaining the County’s outstanding reputation and financial position.  The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills and will intentionally engage with the diverse constituencies of the County.  The County values relationships and the next Administrator/Controller will need to be adept at developing positive relationships and embrace the collaborative culture of the community. 

Candidates are required to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or related discipline is strongly preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible executive level experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior County management experience is strongly preferred.  Other public management experience is also highly valued.  

 Starting salary is $150,000 to $170,000, DOQE.  

Apply online with resume, cover letter, contact information and five (5) professional references by October 20, 2017; to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA. Tel: 847-380-3240.

Read More

Apply for this position

Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, or .docx (limit 2MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 1/31/2020
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.i To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

How do I know if I have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)
Please check one of the boxes below:

You must enter your name and date
Your Name Today's Date
Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

iSection 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.