By David Fleet
Groveland Twp.- On Monday night by a 5-0 vote Jim Christopher was appointed township trustee.
Christopher was one of ten candidates that applied for the partial term following the resignation of Trustee Merilyn McGee who stepped down last month. The new term will expire on Nov. 20, 2020. Christopher must run on the August 2020 primary ballot to be on the November ballot.
“He’s (Chris) been very active in the township,” said Bob DePalma, township supervisor who nominated Christopher. “He has been involved in the tax appeal and the planning commission. He has an exceptional strong resume in large project management and facility management. One of the biggest projects we have going forward is the township master plan and the township property, the 90 acres on Grange Hall Road near I-75. I’ve been working on that project with the University of Michigan. He’s been a real asset to the community.”
Christopher is a former member of Zoning Appeals and current services Secretary of the Board of Review, Planning Commissioner, member of the Master Plan Steering Committee and Liaison between township and the Oakland County CISMA.
“I feel I may be of great value and a solid contributor regarding the likely development of the Dixie Corridor areas the result of my breadth of experience in land development; program, project, construction and facility management; and, sustainable and environmentally sound practices,” wrote Christopher in a statement.
“The next five years will likely bring some interesting change to our community and I would wholly embrace the opportunity to help guide this wonderful community for the immediate future.”
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters in Business Management from Oakland University. Christopher’s been a consultant strategic facility planning advisor.