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Stateside Podcast: New Ottawa County board makes sweeping changes

Ottawa County Administrative Building
Ottawa County
The Ottawa County Administrative Building. A newly-elected board made sweeping changes that included dissolving a diversity, equity, and inclusion program and replacing the county's legal representation. During public comments at the board's meeting Tuesday, some residents expressed dismay over the changes while others expressed their support.

In Ottawa County, Michigan, a slate of newly-elected officials on the Board of Commissioners enacted sweeping changes in regional governance.

At their first meeting earlier this year, the board voted to implement a series of drastic changes that included firing the city manager, dissolving a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative, and changing the county's motto from "Where You Belong" to "Where Freedom Rings."

The new members voted in their latest meeting on Tuesday to approve a no-bid contract for the county's legal representation. The firm they chose — Kallman Legal Group — is led by David Kallman. He's uncle to Joel Kallman, who is board chair Joe Moss's business partner.

Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer has been covering the story, and he joined us on today's Stateside podcast to talk about how residents in the county are responding to the changes.

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April Van Buren is a producer for <i>Stateside</i>. She produces interviews for air as well as web and social media content for the show.
Anna joined Stateside as an assistant producer in August 2021. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism and previously worked for The State News as an intern and student government reporter.