Ward 3 Commissioner Grooters
My name is Melanie Grooters and I am happy to be serving as a 3rd Ward Walker City Commissioner. I, along with Elaina Huizenga-Chase, represent the 3rd Ward, which primarily covers the Standale area and the southern portion of Walker. Since 1990, I have lived on Riverbend SW, west of Wilson SW, which is a great location with a rural feel but centrally located to just about everything! As a Commissioner, I am particularly concerned that Walker retains its reputation as a great and safe place to live, work and grow.
I retired in May 2019 from the Kent County Administration office, where I worked for 11-plus years. My experience in government gives me a unique understanding of competing interests and the collaboration needed to get things done. Collaborative efforts can be challenging and take time but ultimately benefit everyone involved.
After raising my boys and caring for aging parents, I was able to pursue my education and career. After my parents passed away, I was able to attend Grand Valley State University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in City and Regional Planning. While working for Kent County, I completed my master’s degree in Public Administration. I am happy to now have the time to focus on community involvement through my role as Commissioner.
My husband and I were married in 1983 and we have two married sons and two grandsons, all who live in the area. Family is important to us and we spend time with them all on a regular basis. I attend Mars Hill Bible Church, am on the Advisory Council for Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan as well as the Board of Grandville Walker Foundation.
As a City Commissioner, I have been appointed to the following committees:
- Ordinance Committee
- Traffic Committee
- Historical Commission
- Finance Committee (Alternate)
- I am also Walker’s Liaison to the Kent District Library
I enjoy learning and being involved in this capacity and helping to support the great work being done in Walker.
My personal interests include spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, craft beer, perennial gardening, and quilting. Don’t hesitate to call or text 616-690-1719 or email me.
Grace and peace,
3rd Ward Walker Commissioner