“We are thrilled to have John Shay join the Ottawa County team,” Vanderberg said. “John’s many successful years in municipal management will serve the county well.”
Shay is currently the Ludington city manager, where he has served for 15 years. He was also the Almont village manager for five years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Boston College and Master of Public Administration from Oakland University. He is currently the vice president of the Michigan Municipal Executives.
“I am very excited to begin work as Ottawa County’s next deputy county administrator and to join a dedicated team of public servants, providing excellent public services in a cost-effective manner,” Shay said.
Football fans have likely seen Shay on the field, where he officiates games for both the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Shay and his wife, Carla, have three children: Bethany, Evan and Molly.
Shay replaces former Deputy Administrator Keith Van Beek, who left in April to become the Holland city manager.
Shay will begin his duties on July 23. The position pays $123,468 a year.