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City of Midland Hires HR Director, Planning Director

City of Midland Hires HR Director, Planning Director

The City of Midland announced in a news release on Thursday the hiring of Rebecca (Becky) Schaefer as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, and Jacob Kain as Director of Planning and Community Development.

Schaefer will join the City of Midland on June 27. She brings more than 15 years of HR management experience, including the last nine years at Central Michigan University as an assistant director of staff and faculty resources. Before her position with CMU, Schaefer worked as a human resources coordinator for Menards Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from CMU; both include a concentration in human resources management

Kain will join the City on June 20. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Hope College and a master of arts in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida. He has worked in the field of planning and land use since 2009. Previously, he held the positions of research assistant at the University of Florida, senior planner for the City of Gainesville, Florida, and for the past seven years served as the assistant director of community services and economic development for the City of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

In addition to leading the planning department for the City of Mount Pleasant, Kain oversaw the parks and recreation department and various economic development initiatives for the City. Kain was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida and currently leads professional development and training programs for the Michigan Association of Planning.

“The City of Midland is very fortunate to have connected with Becky and Jacob,” said City Manager Brad Kaye. “The expertise and experience brought by each will be a strong addition to the City’s leadership team, and I’m thrilled to see what they will do in their respective positions.”

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