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5.10.18 – Wayman Britt

County Administrator/Controller, Kent County

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Topic: "Kent County Update"

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Wayman Britt is County Administrator/Controller for Kent County Michigan. Kent County is the fourth most populous County in the State of Michigan, with an estimated population of 636,369. The County seat is in the City of Grand Rapids, which is the second largest city in the State. Kent County government is a full-service operation which employs 1700 employees and a total budget of $418 million. Prior to his role as Administrator/Controller, Wayman had oversight responsibility for the Health & Human Services function which includes the Kent County Health Department, Community Development and Housing. Veterans Services and the Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council. He was the County liaison for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and was responsible for the County’s Performance Management program. Prior to Kent County, Wayman served in management and leadership positions at Steelcase, Inc.

Wayman has a bachelor’s degree in communications and sports management from the University of Michigan where he captained the men’s basketball team to the NCAA Championship Finals in 1976. The university’s annual award, the “Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player” is named after him. In 2004, he was elected the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame.  Wayman is a founding board member of the West Michigan Sports Commission, Kent Schools Services Network, Grand Rapids Downtown Market and KConnect. He is a past member and chair of the board of trustees for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and served as president of the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and treasurer of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market board. He currently is a board member of the Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy Association. Wayman has 7 children, eight grandchildren and one dog, named Brita. He and his wife Dinah reside in Ada Township.



Grand Rapids Community Foundation Board of Trustees – Past Member, Chairman

Grand Rapids Downtown Market Board of Directors – Past Member, Treasurer

Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council Boy Scouts of America – Past President

Kent School Services Network Board – Past Member, President

KConnect Board of Directors

West Michigan Sports Commission – Past Vice Chairman

Mel Trotter Ministries Board of Directors – Past Member, Vice Chairman

Floyd Mayweather Foundation Advisory Board – Past Member

Kent County Family Independence Agency Board – Past Member, Chairman

Grand Rapids Job Corps Community Relations Council – Past Member, President

Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music Board of Trustees – Past Member

Grand Rapids Center for Environmental Studies Board of Directors – Past Member

Kent County American Red Cross, Executive Board – Past Member



Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award

Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

Boy Scouts of America Winthrop Rockefeller Award

D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns Home for Children Advocate of the Year Award

Giants Raymond Tardy Community Services Award

Grand Rapids Negro Business Professional Women Club Fredrick Douglas Award

Grand Rapids Job Corps Benjamin H. Carson Pioneer for Excellence Award

Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame

Greater Flint Area Afro-American Hall of Fame

Michigan Department Community Health Hometown Health Hero Award

University of Michigan, Fielding H. Yost Academic and Athletic Excellence Award

University of Michigan, Wayman Britt Defensive Player of the Year Award



International City/County Management Association

Michigan Association of County Administrative Officers



May 10
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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University Club of Grand Rapids
111 Lyon St NW Suite 1025
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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