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Snyder makes appointments to State Officers Compensation Commission

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Rodney Alberts, of Bloomfield Hills, Hassan Jaber, of Dearborn, Bill Martin, of Battle Creek, and Mary Kay Shields, of DeWitt, to the State Officers Compensation Commission.

The SOCC is a seven-person board responsible for determining 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 have strong leadership backgrounds. I am confident they will do great work and bring valuable insights to the commission," Snyder said.

Alberts is the executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the North American International Auto Show. He is a member of the executive committee of the Metro Detroit Visitors and Convention Bureau and serves on the board of directors for the Motor Cities Automobile National Heritage Area. Alberts earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. He replaces Erane Washington-Kendricks.

Jaber is executive director of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. He serves on the boards of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Detroit Zoological Society, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Citizens Advisory Committee. Jaber earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in public administration from Wayne State University. He replaces George Franklin.

Martin is the CEO of Michigan Realtors. He serves on the Michigan Strategic Fund, and previously served as the Michigan Lottery commissioner, the director of the Department of Corrections, and on the Michigan Economic Growth Authority board. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He replaces Cheryl Bergman.

Shields is senior vice president of CS Partners-Michigan. She previously worked with The John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University where she served as the deputy director, interim director and chief deputy director of the school operations and performance data center. Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in special education administration from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She replaces David Fink.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Jan. 1, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.