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Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Electrical Administrative Board

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Joseph Gillespie, of Newaygo, and Paul Lemley, of Ada, and the reappointment of David Vallier, of Clinton Township, to the Electrical Administrative Board.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the nine-member board makes recommendations for electrical code rules and grants annual licenses and certificates to qualified applicants.

“These are highly qualified appointees and I am grateful they are willing to serve on this board,” Snyder said.

Gillespie is a safety technician in the Risk Management Office for the city of Grand Rapids. He is also vice president and treasurer for Darl Inc. and independently buys, remodels, and sells rental and residential properties. Previously, he worked as a safety coordinator for Bronson Hospital, real estate sales associate for Vandenberg Real Estate Inc., and was a volunteer fireman and EMT for the Croton Township Fire Department. He serves on the boards for the American Water Works Association Safety Section, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Michigan Safety Conference. Gillespie has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and environmental health management from Ferris State University. He will represent the general public and replaces Richard Long.

Lemley is executive vice president at Van Haren Electric. He has more than 20 years of experience as a manager or senior executive for corporations engaged in construction of manufacturing, research and other facilities. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer for Bouma Corp., senior vice president and general manager for the Great Lakes Region of the Alberici Group, senior vice president of Giffels (now Arcadis-Giffels), and president of Systems Innovations Inc. As a systems integrator and electrical contractor, he helped design and build the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant. Lemley has an associate of science in electrical engineering technology and a bachelor’s degree in technology management, both from Lawrence Technological University. He will represent electrical contractors and replaces Rowland Cornish.

Vallier is district sales engineer for Eaton’s Cooper Bussmann Company, a position he has held since 2006. Previously, he worked as an electrician, store manager, electrical supervisor, and electrical inspector, all with Cooper Industries. He is a licensed master electrician and is a licensed instructor. Vallier attended Macomb Community College for electrical construction and maintenance. He will continue to represent electrical parts manufacturers.

Members serve four-year terms expiring Aug. 10, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.