Leelanau County Road Commission seeks Director, CFO | Local news


SUTTONS BAY – The Leelanau County Roads Commission has two of its top spots open as its 18-year-old CFO resigned.

Joe Nedow, who serves a dual role as meeting secretary to the board of directors, serves as chief financial officer at the Benzie County Road Commission.

“I had to do something that suited me the best,” Nedow said.

The Road Commission is also in the process of recruiting a new manager after Justin Kelenske’s abrupt resignation in April. He had been in office for less than a year.

After receiving more than 30 applications for the position of manager, nine were interviewed last week. That list was reduced to two at a meeting of the special committee on Tuesday.

Brad D. Stauffer and Brendan Mullane will be interviewed at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the Road Commission office in Suttons Bay.

The audience can watch the meeting remotely as the meeting space is not large enough for social distancing. Information will be posted on leelanaucountyroads.org.

Stauffer, of Roscommon, owns a golf course in Roscommon and subcontracts to Rieth-Riley Construction. He also has two years of experience as a manager for the Schoolcraft County Road Commission.

Mullane, from Canton, is a program manager at Metro Engineering Solutions in Livonia.

Highways Commission administrator Bob Joyce applied for the job. Joyce, public works supervisor for the village of Suttons Bay, was not invited back for a second interview.

Nedow said he was leaving in two or three weeks, although he did not give a firm date. He said he is proud of the work he has done and that he is leaving the commission in good financial shape.

He declined to do an exit interview with the directors, but said he had concerns about the commission.

“My main concern is that if they don’t have someone with Road Commission experience, they are setting the new manager up for failure,” Nedow said.


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