AKWESASNE — Following a short three-month break for retirement, former-Tribal Sub-Chief Kenneth Jock has renewed his commitment to work on behalf of tribal members as a Commissioner for the Akwesasne Housing Authority. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Clerk Summer Bero administered Ken’s Oath of Office this morning at the Ionkwakiohkwaró:ron Tribal Administration Building, which was joined by his former members of the Tribal Council.
Ken formerly served on the Tribal Council as a Sub-Chief from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022. Before that time, he worked for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division for more than 32 years. He retired as Environment Division Director on March 8, 2019 before seeking an elected position.
Now, as a member of the seven (7) person Akwesasne Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Ken will serve a four-year term and joins the efforts of his fellow Commissioners in providing oversight of the Housing Authority. The Commissioners supervise the AHA Executive Director and help develop policies that ensure safe, affordable housing is available for community members.
Along with providing guidance on homeownership or rental options, the AHA Board of Commissioners often help undertake studies on housing needs in the Akwesasne community. Their findings are used to provide counseling, technical assistance, and helps identify funding opportunities for Mohawk families and individuals to realize their dream of becoming a homeowner.
Appointed to the AHA Board of Commissioners through Tribal Council Resolution 2022-40, Ken’s term will end on September 20, 2026. Through the same TCR, Kimberly Ransom-Herne was re-appointed to another four-year term on the Board of Commissioners. Initially appointed in 2014, Kim’s term also ends in 2026 and will amount to 12 years of service.
The remaining AHA Board of Commissioners include: Noah Ransom Jr., Ronald Cook, Connie Thompson, Brenda LaFrance and Norman Tarbell. The Commissioners can be reached by phone at (518) 358-2272 ext. 2167 or 2193, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.