Commissioner Maurice Groce Announces Plans to Resign for Family Reasons

Commissioner Maurice Groce Announces Plans to Resign for Family Reasons

After an eight-year tenure on the Kentwood City Commission, Commissioner Maurice Groce has announced his plans to resign for family reasons.

A Kentwood resident for more than 32 years, Groce has brought more than three decades of operational business and management experience to his role as commissioner. Since 2007, he has been heavily involved with the City of Kentwood, fulfilling previous appointments to the Local Officers Compensation Committee, Housing Commission and Planning Commission.

Groce and his wife, Donna, have made the difficult decision to move out of Kentwood so they can be closer to their son and daughter on the east side of the state. They also want to be able to support and spend more time with their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.

“I am incredibly honored to have served as a city commissioner for the past eight years and collaborate with my fellow commissioners, City staff and community members to ensure a safe, diverse and fiscally responsible city with economic, educational and cultural opportunities,” Groce said. “The decision to step down is not an easy one or something I expected to do before the end of my term. However, my wife and I feel very strongly about being closer to family and being active grandparents in the lives our of grandchildren.

Groce first began serving on the City Commission in 2012, when he was appointed to fill the remaining two years of a Ward 2 commission seat. In 2018, Groce was again appointed to fill a vacant commission seat. He then was elected to the commission in 2019 and again in 2023.

Groce will continue to serve as a city commissioner until late spring or early summer. The City Commission will appoint someone to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in November 2027. Details about this appointment process and how interested residents can apply will be announced once finalized.