For Our Community

It is a great privilege to represent the 15th District of the Kent County Commission.
I strive to represent ALL residents of my district, as well as Kent County, with the competency, honesty and integrity that they deserve.

I am honored to serve in a variety of community leadership positions:

  • Minority Vice Chair, Kent County Commission
  • Vice Chair, network180 Community Mental Healtlh Authority Board
  • Member, Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Board
  • Member, Kent County Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Member, Kent County Local Emergency Planning Committee

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In an attempt to keep people informed about Kent County government, I write a short weekly e-mail newsletter that contains mostly information, but also a few opinions, about County issues. It's also a great way for me to get feedback that helps shape my work on the Commission. Click here to subscribe.

If you have suggestions or concerns about Kent County government, please don't hesitate to call me at 616-454-2243 or send an e-mail to jtalen@aol.com.

Thank you for your interest!


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