Jerry Everett for Big Rapids Township trustee

To the editor,

Jerry Everett is on the Big Rapids Township ballot as a non-partisan candidate for the position of township trustee this general election. We’re Jerry’s neighbors and would like to share what we know about his qualifications.

Jerry told me that Big Rapids Township has been a great place to raise his two children, Sarah and Eric. Our community has given their family the opportunity to meet great people and enjoy the trust and familiarity that came with living in a small town.

Some of those friendships began while volunteering for various local organizations. Jerry was a board member, coach and referee for 14 years with the local AYSO youth soccer organization. He was a volunteer member of the township committee whose job it was to research and distribute the facts concerning the latest millage vote for funding the local library. Jerry was a member of the township parks committee until it was discontinued this year.

Jerry also volunteered to be a member of the Perry Street sidewalk committee when Bill Stanek asked him. He had the opportunity to meet many new people last year as a volunteer tax preparer for the local RSVP/AARP organization. Jerry has supported our Indian Village Home Owners’ Association since he moved here and is currently the vice president. Jerry’s wife, Terri, has been giving back to the community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for more than 13 years. He believes it is important for residents to be involved and support the community where they live.

Jerry retired last year after a career of more than 35 years in the voice and video communications industry. His experience in that industry ranged from individual customer support to large project management. Jerry has been responsible for documenting costs and returns on investments for a variety of projects. His work with building contractors and technical vendors has helped prepare him to evaluate and consider the best ways to support responsible spending of taxpayers’ money on what taxpayers want.

Jerry is originally from Kalamazoo and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Special Forces after serving from 1968 to 1971. He earned a bachelor of science in computer science from Western Michigan University with work experience ranging from construction to healthcare while working towards completing his education. He has no political ambitions but simply wants to contribute to the community that has provided so much for his family.

Dave Cotton, Nancy Cotton
Big Rapids

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