George K. Heartwell, Commissioner

George K. Heartwell, Transportation Commissioner

Commissioner George K. Heartwell, (I) of Newaygo, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder effective December 22, 2015.

Mr. Heartwell has had several careers including business, ordained ministry, non-profit administration, local elected office, and higher-education administration and instruction.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in divinity from Western Theological Seminary.

Mr. Heartwell served as Mayor of Grand Rapids during its most challenging economic times and helped advance the city in sustainable practices, efficiency of governmental operations, environmental protection, and community economic development.  He retired at the end of 2015.  Among his transportation accomplishments are the passage of a local streets tax in 2013, and 22 years of service on the national award-winning transit authority--The Rapid.

Mr. Heartwell's commission will expire on December 22, 2021.