Councilor Yaroch's Perspective
- Married, Wife Sara
- Daughters Reagan and Madison
- Bachelors in Business Administration - Human Resources Management
- Elected to City Council in 1999
- Mayor Pro-Tem from 2001 to 2003
- Previous Council Committee Work: City Manager Review, Fire Services, Library Districting, Non-affiliated Personnel Policies, Cemetery, and City Hall Facilities
- SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments): Delegate to General Assembly representing Richmond, Executive Committee Member, Transportation Coordinating Council Chairman, Legislative Policy Platform Member, and Talent Task Force Member. As Taubman Fellow, attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008.
- Michigan Municipal League: Governance Committee and Municipal Services Committee
- Member, Richmond Lions Club
- Member, Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society
- Rest of my life resident of Richmond
When it came to choose a place to live, I chose the small town life in Richmond. Richmond offers a high quality of life, which can be attributed to our strong community involvement. “Richmond - with time for you,” is not something we just say, it is something we mean. I am proud to say I am a rest of my life resident of Richmond.
I constantly seek out resident input on issues that affect our city, and I encourage residents to contact me when they see problems within the city that need to be addressed. Through council committee work, elected official training, including Harvard's JFK School of Government, and networking with other community leaders, I seek out innovative ways to tackle the ever-changing challenges facing our city. As a firefighter, I am driven to serve the public, and I use that drive to get the job done here in Richmond. As an attorney, I utilize the knowledge I gained in law school to fight for Richmond residents on state legislation that may affect our community.
I am proud to be part of a City Council that has worked together to weather this economic downturn. Council and staff have worked together to keep Richmond's taxes to nearly the lowest of all the service providing cities in Macomb County, while still maintaining the high level of service that residents desire. Our community is still challenged by the loss of funding from reduced property values, the closing of the State Police Post, and ongoing cuts in state funding. However; our current council is well-equipped to handle these pressing concerns.
If you have any comments or concerns about the state of our city, please contact me. I appreciate and encourage resident feedback.