MIRA names Jerry Griffin as new Vice President of Government Affairs

The Midwest Independent Retail Association has named Jerry Griffin its new vice president of of government affairs.
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Jerry Griffin

The Midwest Independent Retail Association has named Jerry Griffin its new vice president of of government affairs.

Griffin brings with him more than 11 years as the director of government affairs for the Wayne County Executive Office where he oversaw development and implementation of legislative initiatives. In his new position, Griffin is currently reviewing legislation that has been offered in the past and currently affects MIRA members.

“This includes the bottle bill expansion, food deserts, lottery operations, and regulatory and statutory issues with the Liquor Control Commission,” says Griffin. “I’m also working on creating a Legislative Agenda for the association and revising the structure of MIRA’s PACs to maximize our fundraising potential.”

He began his career in the Michigan House of Representatives working as a fiscal analyst for the House Fiscal Agency. He served with the House for more than four years before accepting a position as director of government affairs with the Michigan Association of Counties where he served in that capacity for seven years before being asked to join the Wayne County Executive Office as the Director of Government Affairs.

“For the last seven-plus years I’ve been self-employed as a consultant for both municipal governments and private sector clients,” says Griffin. “My family owned a convenience store in Jackson when I was growing up,” he said.  “I worked there for four years in high school and during college. We had a class C liquor license and one of the first lottery machines in the state in the 70’s.”