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Appointment made to Barrier Free Design Board

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Michael Harris to the Barrier Free Design Board. The board is responsible for receiving, reviewing, processing or recommending barrier free design rules as well as overseeing any exceptions to the rules and appropriate equivalent alternatives.

"Michael will be an incredible asset to the board and will provide knowledge and expertise to ensure the safety and accessibility of buildings throughout Michigan," Snyder said.

Harris, of Westland, is the executive director and former government relations director of Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Harris earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Madonna University in Livonia.

Harris will represent mobility limited individuals and replaces Richard Brunvard. He will serve a three-year term expiring October 31, 2013. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.