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Bob Gives Commencement Address

Bob giving the Commencement Address at the December
graduation at Muskegon Covenant Academy

Bob was given the honor of presenting the Commencement Address at Muskegon Covenant Academy for their December graduation. CLICK HERE to read his remarks.

Serving Norton Shores

Bob on stage in Detroit with Governor Snider and the five
Finalists for the Governor’s Service Award as “Michigan
Senior Volunteer of the Year”

I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Norton Shores as a City Councilman from 1991 to 2001 and then as your County Commissioner from 2002 through today. As your County Commissioner, I’m very concerned about the future of Muskegon County. I’ve put a lot of time and effort over the last twenty years to try and help make this community a better place to live. The future growth of our local economy, while maintaining our quality of life, is my most important platform as your County Commissioner. A new initiative I’m working on involves the creation of new jobs and businesses in our area by promoting entrepreneurism. I’ve created a new title for myself: Entrepromoter. As someone who has started businesses all his life and successfully created about 100 jobs, I think I can talk to people with ideas and dreams and encourage them to act on their ideas. Muskegon has a long and proud history of startups and we need to ignite the potential entrepreneurs in our community. I need to be reelected to have a public platform to work on this new initiative.

To illustrate my involvement in our community, here is a list of some of my accomplishments within Muskegon County:

  • B.A, Economics, Hobart College, Geneva, NY
  • Captain, US Army. Service in Vietnam & Korea 1967-1970
  • Former President & Owner: Muskegon Brake & Distributing
  • Recipient of Muskegon County’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award
  • Served as a Norton Shores City Councilman for over 10 years: 1991-2001
  • Muskegon County Commissioner, 2002–present
  • Chairman, County’s Economic Development & Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2011 Governor's Service Award finalist for Michigan Senior Volunteer of the Year, one of five finalists statewide
  • Named “Muskegon Agent of Change” by the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member, Michigan Association of Counties
  • Recipient of the 2008 Liberty Bell Award from the Muskegon Bar Association
  • Fundraiser, Chairman and organizer of the Veteran’s Park Cannon Restorations
  • Fundraiser, organizer and presenter of the 2012 Muskegon 4th of July Fireworks display
  • Legacy of Caring Award 2011: United Way's highest honor for people making a difference
  • Former Chairman of United Way and Campaign Chair
  • Former Chairman, Muskegon Lakeshore Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Former President of the Muskegon Rotary Club
  • Former President and Chairman of Hackley Visiting Nurses and Hospice Former
  • Former President of the Michigan Pine & Dunes Girl Scout Council

I am running for reelection as your County Commissioner in November. I believe I have brought the same ideas and principles that helped build Norton Shores and helped me build a dozen successful businesses … to the Muskegon County Commission. I’ve brought common sense and sound fiscal responsibility to the County, helping reduce our budget by over $22,000,000. I’ve helped make some terrific strides forward and I pledge to continue to work hard for you – the Citizens of Norton Shores and Muskegon County – as your County Commissioner. I will continue to work to move this county forward, to improve the lives of all its citizens and protect our natural resources.

I ask for your vote in November!

Bob Scolnik


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My wife of 50+ years, Merle, and I celebrate
another year on New Year’s Eve!






Bob Scolnik, County Commissioner and Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at the 2020 Annual Chamber Golf Outing at the Oak Ridge Golf Club in Norton Shores. Cindy & Bob were at the "Putts & Politics" 9th hole, greeting the several hundred golfers participating in the outing.

Bob is on the job! I had the honor of installing my friend Nancy Bierenga as President of the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors at Trillium Event Center in Spring Lake.

Bob presents special service pin awards to Veterans at Chestnut Field Retirement Community