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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Community Corrections Board

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Daniel Lathrop, of Traverse City, and the reappointments of Paul Baliey, of Berrien Center, Daniel Heyns, of Jackson, and Dennis Van Dam, of Hudsonville to the Community Corrections Board. Heins will also serve as chair.

The 13-member board serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and is charged with making suggestions to approve many aspects of community corrections programs throughout the state.

"I thank these appointees for their willingness to serve our state in these important roles," said Snyder.

Lathrop is a podiatrist who has been in private practice for 40 years. He was recently elected to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners. Lathrop studied at Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, and received his doctorate from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He represents the general public and replaces Larry Inman.

Bailey is the Berrien County Sheriff, a position he has held since 2001. He previously served with the Schoolcraft, Stevensville, and St. Joseph Police Departments. Bailey attended Wilmar Community College, Western Michigan University, and the Kalamazoo Valley Police Academy. He continues to represent county sheriffs.
Heins is chief of police for the Jackson Police Department, where he has worked since 1989. He attended the FBI National Academy, Police School of Staff and Command at Northwestern University, and received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He will serve as chair for a one-year term expiring March 31, 2016.

Heyns has been serving as the Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections since 2001. He has more than 34 years of experience in law enforcement, including eight years as Jackson County Sheriff. Heyns earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and will continue to represent the MDOC.

Van Dam is an Ottawa County Commissioner, a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and a member of the West Michigan Enforcement Team Policy Board. He is the district director for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and is a former broker with Visser Development. Van Dam studied at Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University. He continues to represent county commissioners.

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