In 2002, Taylor won his first term on the county board as a Western Michigan University student. The Edwardsburg native became the youngest commissioner to serve in more than 20 years. John will be able to hit the ground running as the organizational officer of Kalamazoo County because of his experience and institutional knowledge. Taylor intends to build strong relationships with the township clerks to integrate a uniform, yet seamless voting process and reporting system.
Taylor has served as County Commission for the past 13 years. He was unanimously elected by the board’s eleven commissioners to serve as Chairman in January 2015. As Chair, John has helped transitioned Kalamazoo County as one of the most fiscally responsible public entities in the state of Michigan. Over the last six years, the board has spent nearly 50 million dollars on capital improvement projects without raising taxes.
Unanimously elected as Chair of the County Commission in January of 2014 John has earned the respect of his peers and constituents for his ability to work with those across the aisle while still remaining committed to his beliefs. Taylor was a fierce proponent of the Local Housing Assistance Fund millage that has provided over 600 families with school-aged children assistance in finding a home.
John lives with his wife, Meredith Place, in Kalamazoo’s Knollwood neighborhood.