Jennifer Howland, 31, currently works as the sustainability planning manager for East-West Gateway Council of Governments, a metropolitan planning organization for eight counties in metropolitan St. Louis, Mo. She will start as Grand Haven's new city planner on April 15.
“We are so excited to move back to Michigan after nearly nine years of being away,” she said. “My husband, Billy, and I both grew up in Michigan — and when the job opportunity came up in Grand Haven, we both knew it was the right move for us.”
The job became vacant when Kirsten Turkelson, Grand Haven's planning director since November 2006, took a job with the City of Grand Rapids in January.
Howland, who graduated from Rochester Adams High School in suburban Detroit, was selected from a pool of nearly 30 applicants.
“She brings us some great knowledge and great vision about what’s done in other areas,” said Bonnie Suchecki, the city's human resources manager. “I am excited about her coming. It was an extensive interview process.”
Howland has also worked as the senior city planner for O’Fallon, Ill. She received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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