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Snyder makes appointments to State Officers Compensation Commission

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Carol Klenow, Larry Meyer and James "Mick" Middaugh to the State Officers Compensation Commission (SOCC).  

The SOCC is a seven-person board that determines the salaries and expense allowances of the attorney general, secretary of state, justices of the Michigan Supreme Court, members of the legislature, lieutenant governor and governor.  

"These individuals bring extensive experience as leaders in public service, and will work to offer fair and efficient salary and expense recommendations," Snyder said. 

Klenow, of Shelby Township, recently retired from service as interim superintendent for Madison School District in Madison Heights and is the owner of Oakridge Consulting Services, LLC. She previously served as associate superintendent and assistant superintendent for student performance for Oakland Schools. Klenow is on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies at Wayne State University and is president of the Utica Community Schools Board of Education. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, a master's degree in mathematics and secondary education from Oakland University and an educational doctorate in administrative and organizational studies from Wayne State University. Klenow replaces Patrick Olson. 

Meyer, of East Lansing, retired as the Michigan Retailers Association president and CEO in 2007 after 35 years of service. Before that, he served as CEO of Retailers Mutual Insurance Company and as manager of state relations for the American Retail Federation in Washington, D.C. Meyer is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was elected to the Lansing City Council and served from 1997-2005, including one year as president, and currently serves as chair for the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. Meyer holds a bachelor's degree from North Central College in Illinois and a master's degree in business administration from Northwood University. He replaces Albert Holtz. 

Middaugh, of Paw Paw, served as an elected member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1982-1999, and prior to that, worked as a chief of staff in the Michigan Senate. After his legislative service, Middaugh worked as adjunct faculty at three southwest Michigan community colleges in addition to consulting and as a community affairs representative with Palisades Power Plant. He is a former member and past chair of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. Middaugh attended Ferris State College and Western Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education. He replaces Jack Minore. 

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Jan. 1, 2016. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.