County Road Association of Michigan denounces racist comments by Leelanau County Road Commissioner

The comments of Leelanau County Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle, an elected official, before a recent road commission meeting are offensive and unacceptable to the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan and our members, said CRA executive director Denise Donohue.

“These comments do not reflect the high character and values of the many hard-working, essential workers who serve their communities daily at Michigan’s 83 county road agencies,” Donohue said. “Our commissioners, managers and staff hold themselves to the highest standards, and we expect that the Leelanau County community will take the steps needed to address this situation going forward.”