Familiar face leading Road Commission for Montcalm County

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:23 am on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Mark Christensen is the new superintendent-manager for the Road Commission for Montcalm County. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

STANTON — The new manager-superintendent of the Road Commission for Montcalm County is a familiar face.

Mark Christensen, 48, of Sidney Township, took over his new duties June 1 after Randy Stearns retired as the longtime managing director.

Christensen was most recently superintendent for the Road Commission. He started as a mechanics helper in a Road Commission shop in 1998.

“I enjoy the people I meet in the county,” said Christensen of his longtime job. “I also enjoy the day-to-day contact with the staff at the Road Commission.”

A total of 43 people currently work at the Road Commission, including the headquarters in Stanton and two garages in Greenville and Howard City. The Road Commission operates on an annual average budget of about $12 million.

Christensen will face a variety of challenges in his new combined position of manager and superintendent.

“Funding is the biggest challenge that the Road Commission faces,” Christensen said. “Providing service for Montcalm County is a huge challenge too. Winter maintenance will be a priority at the Road Commission, but with funding decreasing and costs increasing, we have to make sound financial decisions on how to provide that service.”

Greenville’s Dale Linton, the chairman of the Road Commission for Montcalm County’s three-member board, said 13 candidates submitted resumes for the job. Board members narrowed the finalists down to three and conducted interviews.

“We believe Mark was the best qualified and knowledgeable at that time,” Linton said.

Christensen will earn an annual salary of $82,500 for his two jobs.

“We think it’s a cost-savings,” Linton said.

In his free time, Christensen enjoys farming, hunting and supporting his children at local sporting events.

For more information about the Road Commission for Montcalm County, call the Stanton office at (989) 831-5285 or visit montcalmroads.com online.

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