Council voted 5-1 Monday night to appoint business attorney Mark Powers, 42, to fill VandenBosch's seat. The term expires at the end of next year.
VandenBosch, 68, died Aug. 16 after suffering a stroke earlier that month.
Powers, of 312 Meridian St., grew up in Spring Lake and moved back about five years ago after stints in Boulder, Colo., and Chicago. The 1988 Spring Lake High School graduate specializes in business law, serving clients in Chicago and southeast Michigan.
Powers beat out longtime Spring Lake Heritage Festival Committee Chairman Dave Hamather and Cub Scout leader Doug Boon, who also applied for VandenBosch's seat.
Council interviewed all three candidates during a special meeting Monday night.
The trio left the room so council could discuss their preferences.
Several members said Hamather is doing a great job with the Heritage Festival and they were reluctant to spread his commitments too thin.
Council members spoke highly of Boon's business experience and felt he could be an asset to the village government.
But it was Powers' regional view and experience that won over council.
“Mr. Powers brings a fresh sheet of paper to this place,” Councilman Bill Meyers said. “He served on several committees in several areas of the Midwest. I think it would be very useful to bring in that regional perspective.”
Councilman Scott VanStrate called Powers "a quiet go-getter."
“He doesn't beat his own drum, but I think he gets things done," VanStrate said.
Powers said he doesn't have a long list of items he wants to change.
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