Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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Voters in Kalamazoo County have two Democratic candidates to choose from in the August 2 primary for county treasurer. The incumbent is Mary Balkema, a Republican with no primary opponent.

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The City of Kalamazoo wants to see more people at Kik Pool – possibly enjoying the water other ways than swimming. It’s holding a meeting Monday night to ask the public for input on what the pool should offer.

Patrick McVerry is with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. He says while Kik has plenty to offer swimmers, some people might prefer a water slide or a splash pad.

“Incorporation of some different water features may actually bring more people in to use the facility,” he says.

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There will be at least three new members on the Kalamazoo County Commission after the November election. Two years ago six incumbents decided not to run for another term. 


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Kalamazoo County officials are set to receive a course in public relations. On Tuesday commissioners agreed to hire a Portage-based firm, Rick Chambers and Associates to work with staff on how they talk about county business.

Employees will be trained on, in the proposal’s words, “what to communicate and how to communicate” as well as how to listen. Top-level administrators and elected officials are among those who will participate.

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The Kalamazoo City Commission has granted raises to four top city officials.

City Clerk Scott Borling, City Manager Jim Ritsema and Internal Auditor Ann Videtich will receive a salary increase at about the same rate city non-bargaining employees got this year. That amounts to a step up in pay grade, a one-percent salary increase and a onetime payment.

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