Road Commission for Montcalm County searching for new managing director


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:20 am on Friday, April 13, 2012

Randy Stearns

STANTON — The Road Commission for Montcalm County is looking for a new managing director.

Randy Stearns, the longtime managing director for Montcalm County, retired on March 16.

Stearns recently received a Merit Award at the County Road Association (CRAM)’s annual Highway Conference.

“There are a few dedicated individuals in every organization who volunteer for the most difficult tasks and go the extra mile to serve,” CRAM Director John Niemela said. “Despite his heavy work load and outside commitments, Randy volunteered his time to provide educational tools and opportunities that will improve services delivered by Michigan’s county road agencies. We offer our sincere gratitude for his efforts.”

Stearns was recognized for his leadership efforts as chairman of last year’s Superintendents’ Seminar. He was first hired by the Road Commission to mow roadsides in 1973. He worked his way up to managing director. He has served as a member of the Negotiating Committee and as president of the Superintendents’ Asso-ciation of Michigan.

The Road Commission for Montcalm County also received a Best Practice Award from CRAM, along with road commissions in Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties for their development of a mutual aid agreement.

The elected board of Road Commissioners — comprised of Chairman Dale Linton, Vice Chairman Robert Brundage and member Donald McCracken — are accepting resumes for the managing director position through April 30.
The Road Commission for Montcalm County has jurisdiction over 1,505 miles of county roads within 20 townships and maintenance responsibilities for 299 lane miles of state highway under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Under the direction of the Road Commissioners, the managing director supervises all functions including project planning and development, union labor relations, contract negotiation, human resource management, fiscal management and budget control.

According to the job posting, knowledge of road construction is a plus. The idea candidate would have extensive of Public Act 51 and a good understanding of local, state and federal highway  financing.

Candidates must possess strong public relations skills in dealing with employees, township, city, state and federal government officials and the business community.  A bachelor’s degree in public/business administration is a plus. At least five years of public works/transportation experience with extensive managerial experience in the public sector is preferred. Candidates must possess basic computer skills and a valid driver’s license.

Interested candidates may send their resume and salary requirements to the Road Commission for Montcalm County, Attention: Finance Director-Clerk Karen Swan, PO Box 337, 619 W. Main St., Stanton, Mich., 48888 or email karenswan@montcalmroads.com.

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