James Earl is the newest appointee to the Vicksburg Village Council by a unanimous vote of the current members. He fills the vacancy left by Kyle Dury’s resignation in February.
There were four candidates including Carl Keller who was asked to take a seat on the Village Planning Commission, Loren Tarner and Bill Parsons.
“All of these people have great credentials,” Bill Adams, president of the council says. “It was a tough call, as all of them said they were willing to work hard to get up to speed and then run for the vacant seat in November, which we felt was important.”
During the appointment process, the candidates were asked about their vision for the Village. Earl said that “regaining trust was paramount, along with tapping in to resources that are available to villages of this size.”
He has lived in the village for seven years and figured it was time to get more involved.
“There are a lot of ‘nice-to-haves’ but we need to figure out what the community really needs and what can it afford,” he says. “We should get back to blocking and tackling with better communications as the first order of business.”
Earl is employed by Pizer, Inc. as a logistics and trade compliance professional. That encompasses lots of regulatory work with governmental agencies.
He holds a BS degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University and was planning to become a city administrator but instead took a job with Johnson Controls in Holland, MI.
He has recently served as vice-president of the Angels Crossing Condominium Association.