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  • Officers & Staff
    Eric Jordan


    Vice Chairperson
    Jeff McCaul


    Starting with the City in 1998 as a field inspector for City road construction projects, I became a member of APAGR in 2000 as Construction Inspection Supervisor (Engineering), promoted to the Water Department as Hydraulic Engineer, and returned to Engineering as Assistant City Engineer overseeing construction projects, utility work in the public right-of-way, and the Sidewalk Division.
    The way of doing business at the City has drastically changed during the last decade.My reasons to continue working on our members’ behalf remain the same…to work with the best interests or our membership in mind, to maintain fair benefit levels, and to keep wages competitive.  During this current tough economic period that the City and all of us are facing, I remain committed to serving to the best of my ability.
          In addition to participating on the Contract Negotiation Committee, I am also a member of the Charter and By-Laws, Main Unit Grievance, and Newsletter Committees.

    Breese Stam


    I have been with the City Engineering Department since 1995 as a Project Design Engineer and now as a Senior Project Engineer in connection with many street and public utility projects. 
    In 2006, I was elected to the position of Secretary of the APAGR and continue to serve in that capacity today in addition to participating in a number of Committees including the Medicare Supplement Fund, the Main Unit Contract Negotiation Committee, the annual Golf Outing, Newsletter ,and Technology and Web Page Committees. 
    I also am current Chair of the Good and Welfare Committee which I believe is important since it provides a way to reach out to our members during life changing personal events like births, deaths and major illnesses and to recognize our members with Service Awards for their years of service to the City.

    Michelle Braate Slykhouse

    I have worked for the City of Grand Rapids since November 1999 and been an APAGR member since April 2008. I have had the honor to serve as an APAGR Board Member since 2011. While on the board, I have held the role of Parliamentarian and am currently acting Treasurer.  I enjoy helping to meet the goals of, and working for the benefit of, all APAGR members. I will listen to your ideas, opinions, and help support you.

    I graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration. I am a hard-working and honest individual. I will bring these, and other core work values, to the APAGR. I will put my knowledge and experience to work to help lead the APAGR.

    Ken Godwin


    I've been a proud union dues payer for nearly 24 years as a City of Grand Rapids employee.  I started my career here in the Streets and Sanitation Department, on October 28, 1996.  I've worked in Sewer Maintenance, Sewer Repair, Water/Utility Field Operations, and most recently as the Risk Management Safety Technician.  Prior to being elected an APAGR board member, I served in a variety of roles for church, fraternal organizations, and the GREIU.  Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility.

    Sight is what you see, VISION is how you see it!  I believe the vision of this organization is clear,and that it will continue to thrive while providing great benefits to its members.

    Chad Reul


    Evette Pittman


    Evette Pittman has been the Supervisor of the Office of Special Events (OSE) for the City of Grand Rapids for three years. There, she works with event planners to permit and present new and unique, year round events as well as supports recurring events that engage the broader community. Under her leadership, the OSE has become a profitable unit that supports the Parks Department.

    Evette earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcasting Communications in 1990 and she has 25 years’ experience in marketing and event management, working in media, the non-profit arts sector and now government.  Evette served as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for 91.3 WCSG Radio and as the Director of Special Events and Community Engagement for the Grand Rapids Symphony. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the City of Grand Rapids and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

    Chaunté Rodgers


    Max Giles

    Max Gilles has been with the City of Grand Rapids for four years. He is currently the communications specialist for Mobile GR. There he runs their special event sponsorship program, organizes the Mobile GR Commission meetings, creates videos, designs web pages and many other various communication duties.

    Max has also worked for the City as a dispatcher, maintenance technician and custodian.

    Max grew up in Grand Rapids and went to Grand Rapids Public Schools. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science.

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