Portage Council Sets Meeting on Appointment of Acting City Manager

Mar 11, 2014

Deputy City Manager Brian Bowling at the March 11 Portage City Council Meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council will hold a special meeting next week to consider the appointment of an acting city manager. Current Portage manager Maurice Evans will retire on April first, and by law the city must appoint a successor within 30 days.

Mayor Pete Strazdas has recommended the appointment of current deputy city manager Brian Bowling. Several council members said they need more time to consider the proposal.

But Terry Urban, who along with Claudette Reid voted against extra meetings, says he doesn’t see the point of extending the discussion. He says it’s clear Portage needs an acting manager while it searches for a permanent one.