Terri Lynn Land Announces Transition Team

NOVEMBER 18, 2002


Secretary-elect Terri Lynn Land announced this morning that she has put a team together to assure a smooth transition into office on January 1, 2003. Land's team combines state government budget experience as well as legal and information technology expertise that will enable Land to hit the ground running when she enters office.

Land said that her transition team will be updating her on all budget and staffing needs, and Secretary Miller's office is assisting in the friendly transition. Land is looking forward to accomplishing her goals as outlined in her campaign. Some of these include:

  • Building on the technology base and expanding user-friendly programs that would increase the number of Internet users
  • Ensuring that flextime and lead workers are used in the Secretary of State branch offices to allow for longer hours and greater flexibility to meet customer needs
  • Visiting every branch office within the first year to assess the needs and to evaluate the office system

Brian DeBano, currently the director of state government affairs for Governor John Engler, will serve as the transition coordinator in Lansing. Rusty Richter, founder of Field and Stream Realty, an industrial/commercial real estate firm, and long-time business associate and supporter of Land's, will serve as a transition team member out of Grand Rapids. Christopher LaGrand will provide legal counsel for the transition team, including those legal issues being dealt with by the current Secretary of State. He currently serves as the director of legal and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Broadband Development Authority.

Land also asked Stephanie Comai, former director of the e-Michigan Office and current special advisor for information technology to the Governor, to provide counsel on technology currently in place and potential new technology for the Secretary of State offices.

Land also announced she has created a nine-member advisory committee composed of key people representing the diverse industries and regions that regularly interact with the Secretary of State's office, to better evaluate customer service. They also represent employers of large companies as well as those who serve a large and diverse customer base.

"I am honored to have these individuals as part of my advisory committee," said Land. "Their experience and expertise will be invaluable to me as I work to implement my ideas for improved customer service, election integrity and accuracy as Secretary of State," said Land. "I believe that some of the best ideas for improvement come from the people in the arena, on the job.  As I talked to people across the state, I recognized the value of having that kind of input into the Secretary of State's office," Land continued.

The advisory committee members, who will serve on an ad-hoc basis, are the following:

Arthur T. Porter, M.D., MBA - president and CEO, Detroit Medical Center

The DMC is one of the largest private sector employers in the city of Detroit with over 14,000 employees.

John C. Canepa, Principal, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, Grand Rapids

Former chairman and CEO of Old Kent Financial Corporation

Carolyn Flore, Missaukee County Clerk/Register since 1990, Lake City

President, Michigan Association of County Clerks (as of January 2003)

Michael P. Savoie, Mike Savoie Chevrolet Inc., Troy, and Acura of Troy,

President, Michigan Automobile Dealers Association

Russell F. McNamara, Owner/Manager Murray's Boat & Motors, Traverse City

Director, Michigan Boating Industries Association

Lawrence Andree, President, A & SRV Center, Auburn Hills

Member, Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association

Richard B. Poling, Jr., Poling, McGaw & Poling PC, Troy

Attorney, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and various governmental agencies

Kathy Vosburg, Vosburg Tax Consulting, Chesterfield

Macomb County Commissioner-elect (January 2003)

Eric Doster, Partner, Foster, Swift, Collins, P.C., Lansing

Election Attorney, General Counsel Michigan Republican Party

Correspondence should be directed to the Land Transition Team, 1701 Porter SW, Suite 4, Wyoming, MI 49509, and resumes can also be sent to the transition website at www.terrilynnland.com.

Any media inquiries regarding the transition should be directed to Eileen McNulty, transition spokesperson, at (616) 292-4624.