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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Construction Code Commission

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced nine appointments and reappointments to the State Construction Code Commission.

Housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the 17-member commission enforces and oversees construction code throughout the state.

“This is a talented group of appointees, together they bring decades of professional experience to this commission and I am confident they will bring insight to the industry,” Snyder said.


James Cripps, of Kalamazoo, is president of Cripps Fontaine Excavating Inc. He has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. Cripps also worked with Balkema Sand and Gravel, Inc., Engel Excavating Inc. and Edward Rose & Sons. He represents the field of building contracting and fills a vacancy.

Joseph Sucher, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is a former member of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council, serving from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the city’s planning commission for seven years. He worked as an adjunct faculty at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University and served as director of institutional effectiveness at Macomb Community College. Sucher earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the Lawrence Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree and doctorate in evaluation and research from Wayne State University. He represents the general public and replaces Jack Lewis, who resigned.


Thomas Baldwin, of Benton Harbor, is chief building official of Watervliet Charter Township. He also worked with Benton Charter Township, Royalton Township, the city of St. Joseph, and Lincoln Charter Township. Baldwin earned several International Code Council certifications and a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. He continues to represent municipal building inspectors.

William Benoit, of Kentwood, is the building inspector and plan examiner for Cascade Charter Township and was previously building director for the Charter Township of Oakland. He also served as fire chief of the Charter Township of Oakland. Benoit is past-president of the Code Officials Conference of Michigan and of the Oakland County Building Officials Association. Benoit serves as chair of the commission and continues to represent municipal building inspectors.

Frederick Butters, of Southfield, is the managing member of Frederick F. Butters PLLC, Attorney at Law. He has been a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years. Butters also has experience as a project architect with Stucky + Vitale Architects. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology and a law degree from Wayne State University. He continues to represent the architecture field.

William Duffield, of West Bloomfield, is vice president and general manager of McDonald Modular Solutions Inc. He also worked with Reynolds Metals and Building Products Norandex Inc. and Complete Supply Inc., in Illinois. Duffield studied at Kent State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elmhurst College. He continues to represent the field of pre-manufactured building.

Roger Papineau, of Beulah, is a licensed residential builder with more than 35 years of experience. He held leadership positions with the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area Inc. and the Michigan Association of Home Builders. Papineau studied at Michigan Technological University. He continues to represent licensed residential builders.

Matthew Reno, of Freeland, is director of community development for Saginaw Charter Township. He is also a municipal code official. Reno earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in project management from Boston University. He continues to represent municipal building inspectors.

Donald Staley, of Lowell, is the safety manager for the Christman Co., where he has worked for 18 years. He has nearly 25 years of construction experience and previously worked for Illinois-based Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University and multiple professional certifications. He continues to represent industrial management.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Jan. 31, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.