Wayman Britt, County Administrator
County Administrator Wayman Britt started serving as Interim County Administrator/Controller on July 1, 2017 and was promoted to Administrator/Controller on January 25, 2018. Britt has been with Kent County since 2004, serving as management oversight for the Health Department, the Community Development and Housing Department, and Veterans Services. He fills in the role Daryl Delabbio (who retired in June) held since 1998. In addition, he is the liaison for the State Department of Health and Human Services, and is responsible for several community initiatives such as the Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council.
Britt was born in North Carolina but moved to Flint, Michigan as a teen. He was recruited to play basketball for the University of Michigan, where he led the team to play for the National Championship in 1976 (Indiana beat Michigan for the national title). He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning his career with the County, Britt held several management positions at Steelcase, Inc. and Michigan National Bank - Central.
Among the accomplishments Britt has overseen for the County in the past 13 years:
- Opening the Kent County Human Services Complex, housing Kent County Department of Health & Human Services, ACSET/Michigan Works and the Sheldon Health Clinic in one location in Grand Rapids.
- Creation of the West Michigan Sports Commission.
- South Clinic, which merged the Wyoming and Kentwood Health Clinics with the My Community Dental Centers to provide services for low income clients.
- Saving the Kent County Adult Guardianship Program through an agreement with Spectrum Health, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, DHHS, Kent County Probate Court and Area Agency on Aging West Michigan.
- The Kent Schools Services Network, a partnership of school districts, the philanthropic community, and health and human services agencies, who reduce barriers for learning and help students succeed in school.
Britt says serving others is important to him for several reasons. “We are only as strong as our weakest link and serving the vulnerable and underserved in our community is what I believe I'm called to do,” he said. “Having grown up poor myself, if it wasn't for the help that I received from others, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am in today. I feel compelled to make our community more prosperous and to serve those less fortunate.”
Britt looks forward to the challenges in the future, including work on the County’s 2018 budget. “I plan to continue the great legacy of collaboration and partnership with our public and private partners that we have in this community,” he said. “I see this as a culmination of my professional career and I want to integrate all that I have learned to make Kent County even stronger.”
Britt has served on numerous boards and councils, including the Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America, Grand Rapids Community Foundation Board of Trustees, Treasurer of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Board of Directors, the West Michigan Sports Commission, Grand Rapids Job Corps Community Relations Council, and Kent County American Red Cross Executive Board. When not at work, Wayman enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with family. “I am blessed to be married to a wonderful wife, Dinah, and we have seven children and nine grandchildren,” he beams.