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Grand Rapids pastor sworn in as third ward commissioner

Nathaniel Moody (left) standing next to the Grand Rapids city clerk
Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio
Pastor Nathaniel Moody (left) being sworn in by the city clerk at Tuesday's city commission meeting

Grand Rapids appointed a new city commissioner a bit earlier than expected.

Pastor Nathaniel Moody was unanimously voted third ward commissioner in a surprise move at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

The vote was supposed to take place next week, but after a lengthy discussion about the city’s recently passed marijuana ordinance, the commission decided to vote in Moody.

Moody said he was surprised by the early vote, but plans to continue building on the commission's work.

“And to create new things as we talked about tonight. Building economics, building education and making sure the third ward continues to grow,” he said.

Moody, who has been Pastor of Brown Hutcherson Ministries in Grand Rapids for 22 years, was sworn in last night and will begin working immediately.

He is replacing former third ward commissioner David Allen, who retired earlier this year.

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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