Meet Webster Township Trustee John H. Westman
John Westman grew up on his family’s farm in Webster Township. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1966 then attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Natural Resources. Following a brief period working for a local biological supply company, John joined the staff of the Oral Pathology Department at the U of M School of Dentistry. He retired as the laboratory supervisor of the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service in 2013 after 38 years of service.
In addition to his civilian job, John served twenty years as an officer in the Michigan Army National Guard. Duty assignments included Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Physical Security Officer, among many others. He retired in 1990 in the grade of Major.
John also has a long record of public service. He has served as a Webster Township Trustee since 2004, having been reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He also represents Webster Township on multiple boards and commissions. More about John’s activities and responsibilities can be found under the section on “Boards and Commissions”. Over the years serving our community, John has helped to achieve many benefits for Webster Township.
John currently lives with his wife Joanne on the family’s Christmas tree farm. Families from afar come to the farm to find and cut their own special tree each year. John’s family farm is a perfect example of agritourism in action in Webster Township.
John’s Philosophy of Government:
- The role of government is to promote and protect the health, safety and general welfare of its citizens.
- Local issues are nonpartisan in nature. We all face the same challenges regardless of party affiliation.
- I am a strong supporter of individual property rights. A person’s right to use their property as they see fit is a key right, and should not be unduly encroached upon by the government. However, property rights do not include the right to damage a neighbor’s right to enjoy their own property. “Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.”
- I work for you not for me. I always put my constituents’ interests ahead of my own.