Tom Coleman Is New Plainfield Township Board Representative to DDA Board
Tom Coleman is the newly elected Plainfield Township Supervisor, taking over for Bob Homan who chose not to run in November. One of the responsibilities as township supervisor is serving as the Plainfield Township Board representative to the Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board. While the DDA position is required, Coleman said he’s looking forward to seeing and helping with the continued development of Comstock Park.
“Comstock Park is one of the crown jewels of the township,” said Coleman. “The DDA is critical to the long-term success of making Comstock Park a destination for the community.”
He noted that it is a part of the DDA’s responsibilities to make Comstock Park attractive to new businesses and promote existing business to the community.
“The DDA has made many improvements to the Comstock Park area,” he said. “I would like to see this continue for the future of Comstock Park and the Township as a whole.”
Coleman has a strong sense of civic duty. He has several years of experience in Plainfield Township government having served since 2015 to the present on both the Township’s Public Safety Committee and the Planning Commission where he served as chairperson from 2018 to the present. As supervisor he will continue on the Public Safety Committee but will not stay on the Planning Commission.
“I ran for Supervisor as I felt this was my next step in my continuing service to the community,” he said. “I joined the public safety committee and planning commission as an entry to public service. My law enforcement background and my residential building experience were both perfect fits for me and the areas I was very interested in with regard to Township involvement.”
After graduating from Northview High School in 1975, Coleman was a cadet in the Kent County Sherriff’s Department and attended what was then Grand Rapids Junior College for two years studying criminal justice. He was then a Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy from 1977 until he left
the department in 1986. He was also a residential builder from 1975 to 1988 and held various positions in retail banking and mortgage lending from 1988 to 2013 when he started at Transnation Title Agency where he worked in various roles from 2013 to the present. He is planning to retire from Transnation at the end of this year.
Coleman has lived in Plainfield Township for 42 years. He and his wife Pam, who graduated from Northview High school and is a professional photographer and owner of The Lark Studio, live in Belmont. They have three grown children who all graduated from Northview High School, and five grandchildren.
When he’s not working Coleman enjoys woodworking, golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.