City of Dewitt

City Council

Dave Hunsaker
Mayor Pro-Tem

Dave Hunsaker was appointed to the City Council in March of 2004 to fill a council vacancy and was elected in November 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 & 2020. Dave serves on the DeWitt Area Emergency Services Authority (DAESA), DeWitt Area Recreation Authority (DARA), and the Construction Board of Appeals. Dave was appointed as Mayor Pro-Tem in January of 2017 and is chair of the budget committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Dave is a licensed master electrician and electrical contractor. He is a certified substation technician and is experienced in high voltage power distribution. He has been employed with General Motors since 1984 and his current assignment is at the Lansing Regional Stamping Plant in Delta Township where he works with industrial automation and robotics specializing in robot vision. He is an elected representative of the U.A.W. serving on the election committee and constitution and bylaws committee. Dave and his wife Karen have lived in DeWitt since 1990. They have two adult children, Madeline & Mark. Dave enjoys reading, primarily American history, and bicycling.

Matthew Cooper
Council Member

Matthew Cooper was appointed to City Council in July of 2015 to fill a council vacancy and elected to council in November 2016. Prior to his appointment to City Council, Matthew serves as a member of the Planning Commission and the Downtown Development Authority. Matthew currently owns and operates a CPA firm downtown (Matthew Accounting, PLLC).

Matthew is a graduate of Michigan State University School of Business. He holds a B.A. in business with a Major in Accounting. His previous work experience includes the finance department of Northwest Airlines and the Audit department of Deloitte & Touche. Matthew and his wife Gina reside in DeWitt with their three children, Everett, Elin & Charlotte. he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, running, and following MSU sports.

Trevor VanDyke
Council Member

Trevor VanDyke was appointed to City Council in March 2016 and elected to Council in November 2016. Prior to his appointment to City Council, Trevor served as a member on the DeWitt Area Recreational Authority.
Trevor is the Director of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Office of the Department of natural Resources. He has been with the DNR since 2012. His previous work experience includes Account Executive at Wells Fargo Financial, Legislative Director and Chief of Staff within the Michigan Senate.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College in Political Science, with a minor in Management, and Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Trevor and his wife Katie reside in DeWitt with their three children, Chloe, Ava, and Judah. He enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors.

Frank Waters
Council Member

Frank Waters was elected to City Council in November 2016. Frank is the Director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Previously Frank has held positions in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, as well as, working in the Office of Governor John Engler. Frank is a proud graduate of Western Michigan University.
Frank and his wife Taryn reside in DeWitt with their two children, Evelyn and Grant. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, taking advantage of the great lakes, and following college football, particularly the WMU Broncos.

Jennifer Whitman
Council Member

Jennifer Whitman was appointed to City Council on June 26, 2017, to fill a council vacancy. She previously served on the Downtown Development Authority.

Jennifer is a chiropractor and local business owner of Downtown Dewitt Chiropractic and Massage.

Jennifer attended Olivet Nazarene University for her undergraduate education and has her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University.

Jennifer and her husband Rich have loved living in the City of Dewitt since 2004. They have 3 children; Elijah, Olivia, and Jeremiah. The family enjoys exploring our beautiful state and are coffee and food enthusiasts.

Denise Donohue
Council Member

Denise Donohue was elected to City Council effective January 2019. Previously, Denise served on the Downtown Development Authority and was an original member of the city’s Tree Commission in the 1990s.

Denise is executive director of the County Road Association of Michigan, serves on the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and faculty at Lansing Community College. She was previously executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee in DeWitt Township.

Denise has lived in the city for 30 years, is married to MSU professor Dr. William Donohue and has a blended family of six sons. She holds an M.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Horticulture, from Michigan State University’s Honors College. She is a member of the DeWitt YMCA and DeWitt’s Northpointe Church. Denise is a frequent community volunteer, enjoys walking, biking, and running throughout the city.