Jousma Miller tapped for seat on board

ESCANABA – The Delta County Board of Commissioners has selected a replacement to fill the vacancy of Commissioner Ryan Holm.

The board voted Wednesday to approve the appointment of Ann Jousma Miller, of Gladstone, to fill the remainder of Holm’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014.

Holm, who represents District 2 – which includes the city of Gladstone and Escanaba Township precincts 1 and 3 – on the board of commissioners, revealed earlier this month he will resign from the county board as he will be moving to Sheboygan, Wis.

According to Delta County Administrator Nora Viau, Jousma Miller will take Holm’s place Dec. 3, when he officially vacates his seat.

The two other candidates who were interviewed for the position were Hugo Mattonen and Patrick Johnson.

According to her letter of interest to serve on the county board, Jousma Miller has much experience working in public service at the county and state levels.

“I’ve been in public service just about my entire life and I retired in 2010,” she commented in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. “I just felt it was time to get back involved again and at the county level is a good place to be. I feel like Delta County is very diverse and economically stable and I’m very proud of the job that Ryan Holm has done in the past. I hope to follow in his footsteps.”

In the past, Jousma Miller served as economic development director where she developed partnerships to help improve the economy in the area and has also worked for the Michigan House of Representatives, State Senate, and as the regional director for Northern Michigan under Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

In addition, Jousma Miller noted her positive relationships with the agriculture community, forest products industry, chamber of commerce, Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan Works!, and other community organizations.

“It was really good to see the interest to serve on the board from a variety of individuals,” said Viau. “The board didn’t have an easy decision but we’re looking forward to working with the newly appointed commissioner Ann Jousma Miller.”