LANSING —John C. Hertel, general manager of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, known as SMART, was elected chairman of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Board of Commissioners.
Hertel, of Lenox Township, has served five terms as a Huron Clinton Metropark Authority Commissioner, starting in 1983, when he was appointed to represent Wayne County. Hertel has held leadership roles at the Regional Transit Coordinating Council, the Michigan State Fair, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, and the Wayne County Board of Directors. He was also a professor of government, environment, and technology at Lawrence Technological University, and the Public Affairs Producer and editorial director of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).
Hertel was also elected three times to the Michigan State Senate. He chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture for seven years, chaired the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee for four years and was vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He will remain general manager of SMART while fulfilling his duties as chairman of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Board of Commissioners.