PORTAGE TOWNSHIP - The Portage Township Board of Commissioners
appointed Mark Jalkanen
to its vacant trustee position Monday. Jalkanen is currently a post-graduate student at Michigan Tech University and a stay-at-home father. For three and a half years, Jalkanen worked as a financial consultant at Wells Fargo in Houghton.Prior to that, he worked as a branch manager and account executive for Joseph Charles & Associates in Denver and Hancock, and as a sales and marketing assistant with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in San Francisco. Jalkanen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a degree in history.
"I really enjoy government, especially on the local level, and I wanted to become more active in my community," he
...Trustee Jim Zerbst nominated Jalkanen, whom the board approved unanimously.
...Jalkanen replaces former Trustee Ken Kangas, who resigned last month to move to Wyoming.