County Extends Administrator's Contract

Jun 29, 2017

Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo County Board appears to be pleased with the work of its top appointed official, Tracie Moored. On Thursday commissioners voted 11-0 to grant Moored a three-year contract. That replaces the one-year agreement they made with her last year.

The board agreed to hire Moored, the former county finance director, last fall after a number of false starts while trying to fill the office.

Former administrator Peter Battani resigned in 2014. The county hired Terrence Neuzil for the job in late 2015, but he resigned after a few months; the county was investigating whether he had made inappropriate comments to staff.

On Thursday Commissioner Mike Seals told Moored she’s done well.

"Thank you for stepping up to the plate when you needed to and providing our government with some leadership,” he said.

Commissioner Scott McGraw praised Moored's work and the board’s decision to keep her on.

“This could be considered a hard issue to come together on, and I wanted to congratulate each and every one of us on a unanimous vote,” he said.

The county’s at-large elected officials, including the treasurer, sheriff and clerk-register told the board in a letter that they supported keeping Moored on.

Moored's new contract begins at the end of November; she will earn a salary of $156,374 per year.