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County Commissioners choose new chair, vice-chair

PAW PAW – The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners selected Randall Peat and Paul Schincariol as chair and vice chair, respectively, at the organizational meeting held Jan. 4.
The chair and vice chair positions are selected annually. Randall Peat has served as a county commissioner since 2019, representing District 5. He also serves on the following boards: Kinexus board of directors, chairman of the Van Buren County 911 advisory board, and chairman of the Van Buren Economic Development Corporation. Chairman Peat is taking over the role from Commissioner Richard Godfrey, who will continue to serve on the board. Peat is an entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in both the information and agriculture industries. In 1969, he returned to his hometown of Paw Paw as a decorated combat veteran. He attended Western Michigan University, and later co-founded Manatron, Inc., in Kalamazoo. He retired in 2008. Peat and his wife, Madelynn, have lived on their farm north of Paw Paw since 1978. They both remain active in agri-business and in community service.
Schincariol has served as a county commissioner 2017, representing District 7. He is the chair of the county Finance Committee, and is active on other board committees. He is an original member of Market Van Buren, both as a board member and as a participating local business owner/president.
Schincariol said he “has long-standing family roots and involvement in the community so serving is important to me to maintain and improve our quality of life for all families and residents.” Schincariol will assume the role from Commissioner Mike Chappell, who will continue to serve on the board.
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