Mr. Belej was born in the Czech Republic and came to the United States when he was about 3 years old. He moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1972 and has been here ever since. Belej currently serves as the Mayor Pro-Tem on the Hancock City Council. He has been part of the Mt. Bohemia ski patrol for 15 years and has been on the Hancock Fire Department for 7 years. He works at the Copper Country Intermediate School District as an IT System Engineer.