Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to the Michigan Community Corrections Board

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Hugh Crawford of Novi, Bobby Hopewell of Kalamazoo, and Todd Woodcox of Macomb, as well as the reappointment of William Nichols of Temperance to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

The 13-member board serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and is charged with making suggestions to improve many aspects of community corrections programs throughout the state.

“I thank this group of individuals for their commitment to improving community corrections programs statewide,” Snyder said.

Appointments:

Crawford is a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and served two years as vice chair of the board. Crawford has served 15 years on the Novi City Council, eight years as the Novi mayor pro tem, six years as a state representative, and 20 years with Xerox Corporation.  He will represent county commissioners and fill a vacancy.

Hopewell is president and CEO of Mobile Health Resources and has served as the mayor of the city of Kalamazoo for 10 years. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the NAACP in 2013 and is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives. Hopewell holds an associate’s degree in health technologies from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in public service administration from Siena Heights University, and a master’s degree in organizational learning and performance from Western Michigan University. He will represent members of city government and replace Debra Walling.

Woodcox is chief of police of the St. Clair Shores Police Department. He teaches at the Macomb Police Academy and is an adjunct faculty member at Macomb Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hillsdale College and attended the Oakland Police Academy. He will represent chiefs of city police departments and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Matthew Heins.

Reappointment:

Nichols was first elected as the Monroe County Prosecutor in 2005 after serving a combined 11 years as assistant prosecutor and chief assistant prosecutor for the county. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Nichols holds an associate’s degree in pre-law from Monroe County Community College and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He will continue to represent county prosecuting attorneys.

Crawford will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring March 31, 2019. Woodcox will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring March 31, 2020.  Hopewell and Nichols will serve four-year terms expiring March 31, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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