New Kent County District 6 commissioner chosen

Kent County Commissioner Patrick Szymczak. (Undated courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Board of Commissioners has filled a vacant seat.

Patrick Szymczak was voted into the vacant seat for District 6 — which includes Walker and parts of Grand Rapids — Thursday morning. He was chosen from among 11 candidates and five finalists.

Szymczak owns Jant Group, LLC, a visual graphics company based in Kent County. A release from the county says he has lived on the west side of Grand Rapids since 1986.

His first full board meeting is scheduled for April 20.

Szymczak fills the seat left open after Michael Wawee, Jr. resigned last month. Wawee is accused of using his position with the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids to rip off grieving families for the engraving of grave markers.

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