The Commission meets at 8:00 AM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a Work Session and at 5:00 PM on the 1st Wednesday of the month for a Board Meeting at the Road Commission office located at 20914 M-86., Centreville, MI. Please see the meeting schedule for 2022 Yearly Board and Work Session Meeting schedule. Special meetings are posted and advertised as required by law. The meetings are open to the public unless otherwise posted. Citizens are encouraged to attend.
Eric was re-appointed by the County Commission to the Board in 2020 and was elected as Chairman of the Board for 2022. Eric was born in Michigan but raised in California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and then he and his wife Georgina moved to Michigan where he managed a civil engineering firm in the Three Rivers area for seven years. In 1991 he went to work for Waste Management as an environmental engineer and concurrently pursued a master’s degree at Western Michigan University. Upon graduation he was promoted to District Manager of several facilities in southwest Michigan where he remained until his retirement in January 2021. He and Georgina have been married for 43 years, have one child and reside on Fishers Lake just outside of Three Rivers. Eric has been actively involved in many community organizations for many years and was elected as a St. Joseph County Commissioner in 2002 where he served three two-year terms. In addition to the Road Commission, he is currently on the County Board of Public Works and the County Solid Waste Planning Commission. He has been a member of the Three Rivers Rotary Club since 1999.
Rodney was appointed to the Board in 2017 and was elected Vice-Chairman for 2022. Rod and Tammy Chupp reside in Sherman Township, where Rodney has lived for the past 50 years. 2021 marked their 30th wedding anniversary. Family, friends, and faith all hold significant roles in their lives. Rodney is a third generation principal owner at Chupp Insurance Agency and a founding partner in Sturgis Auto Wash, KeyVentures, and Perrin Cattle Company. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor. Tammy is a Registered Nurse and is a deputy working with Victim’s Services of St. Joseph County, assisting law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders in caring for victims. Tammy is a published author. “Daniel” the story of their eldest son who passed at a young age is available on Amazon or several local outlets. Tammy serves several local charities in a variety of ways.
Rod and Tammy are most grateful for their son Christopher (Marissa), daughter Rebecca (Chad), and youngest son Justus. Two Grand Children have only enhanced their enjoyment of life! “Seeing our children turn into fine community members who are actively bettering society beats any other honor I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.”
Rod is on the Board of Directors of Southwest Michigan Youth for Christ. Rodney spent 12 years on the Centreville Board of Education where he served two years as Secretary and ten years as Chair. He continues to serve on the school’s Curriculum Coordinating Council. Rod also served the St. Joseph County School Board Association as Vice-Chair. Rodney currently is a member of the St. Joseph County Parks Board and Chair of the St. Joseph County Republican Party, serving as a Precinct Delegate and Delegate to State and National Conventions. Rodney enjoys training youth as a Merit Badge Instructor and Chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America.
“Working with the rest of this leadership team at the St. Joseph County Road Commission has been a very good opportunity to help contribute to our local community in meaningful ways. I feel confident some of Michigan’s best days are still ahead, both locally and state-wide. Both current staff and Commission members, as well as those from the past, have the St. Joseph County Road Commission in a great position moving forward and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this way.”
Vince Mifsud was appointed to the Board in January 2019. He and his wife Annette were born and raised in the Detroit area, transferred with GM to St. Joseph County in 1979, and have lived on Annette’s centennial family farm for the past 40 years (the Zabel Farm est. 1864). Vince’s journey began when he was young, through his curiosity in fixing bicycles. This led to his interest in building nearly everything he could get his hands on. His experience has evolved around maintaining and engineering and working within all facets of the auto industry. He retired in 2008 after 35 years as an autoworker.
On a person note, Vince and Annette enjoy snowmobiling, nature, traveling together and exploring life with their grandson. Vince enjoys building cars, alongside any home construction projects and the challenge of figuring out how to fix everything. Annette is an avid volunteer, Master Gardener, and short-term missionary. They raised three girls that graduated from Sturgis High School, went on to graduate from college and are productively contributing to and pursuing their careers and creative interest.
Vince is currently a board member of the Sherman Township Planning Commission Board. He will be working with the leadership team at the Road Commission, with an open-door policy, and will work with the taxpayers of the county to make the roads the best they can be. He will try to be an independent voice for the taxpayers of this county. Vince is a people-person, community driven, and a hands-on guy.
Jack was appointed to the Board in 2021. Jack served 20 years in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller and did 3 combat tours to the Middle East and earned the Navy Commendation Medal. He is married and they have one daughter and live in Park Township. In addition to his Naval service, Jack is a commercial pilot and has also owned a restaurant. He has been actively involved in community organizations for many years which earned him the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal. Jack is a Park Township Planning Commissioner, American Legion Officer, member of the Kiwanis Club in Sturgis, St. Joseph County Housing Focus Group, Cass County Conservation Club, Guys Who Give, 100 Good Fellows, and Forty & Eight.
Dave Miars was appointed to the board in December 2021. Dave and his wife Sue were born in Ypsilanti, MI. Dave is a four-year veteran of the U.S. Army, serving one year in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Dave was honorably discharged as a SGT. Upon returning to Ypsilanti, Dave went to work for Washtenaw County Sheriff Department as a deputy sheriff.
Dave had the opportunity to go to work for GM as a security officer of the Hydra-Matic Plant in Ypsilanti. He transferred to the St. Joseph County Operations in Three Rivers and Constantine in 1982. He was a security officer later becoming a production supervisor.
Dave worked as the Plant Manager for Dura Automotive, retiring in 2001.
While he was on the Centreville School Board he knew that the citizens had a right to be heard. He will continue this policy. Together we will go forward to make our roads safe and be cost effective.
Dave is currently a member of the St. Joseph County Conservation Club, NRA, American Legion, and lifetime member of the VFW.
Dave and his wife Sue are 40-year residents of Florence Township. They have three children that grew up going through the Centreville Public Schools. Two have graduated from college with the other going into the trades. Dave was on the Centreville Public School Board for eight years. He served six years as Vice President of the School Board. Dave has been on the St. Joseph County Public Work Board for seven years, serving the last five years as the Chairperson of the Board.
Dave and Sue enjoy vacationing in Florida. They also enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dave loves working in his yard and garden.