Battle Creek

9:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Battle Creek Mayor Says City Manager Was Not Forced Out

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David Walters says no one on city commission asked Ken Tsuchiyama to step down
Mayor: Tsuchiyama not forced out Battle Creek Mayor Dave Walters insisted there were no back-door efforts to force out Ken Tsuchiyama and that the city manager was the first to offer his resignation.
Battle Creek City Manager
9:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Battle Creek City Manager Resigns, Questions Remain

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Jennifer Bowman


Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman says City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's resignation did not come as a surprise.

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12:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Battle Creek City Manager to Step Down

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Ken Tsuchiyama's departure comes after months of tensions with city commissioners
Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama announced today he will step down, probably before the end of the month. "The Mayor and I have agreed that the Commission and I differ in our views regarding the direction of the city and that it would be in the best interests of all for me to step down from my City Manager position," Tsuchiyama said in an email to city staff this morning.
SW Michigan
3:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Battle Creek seeks new interim police chief

Battle Creek Police Headquarters
Credit Andy Robins / WMUK

Battle Creek is looking for a new interim police chief. City officials said Friday that the current interim chief, Jim Saylor, is considering jobs in other cities.

Saylor is the department’s deputy chief and had been expected to fill in after long-time Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton retires. Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama says a new interim chief will be selected and that candidates for the post from inside and outside city government will be considered.

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7:18 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Battle Creek to take over fire service at Kellogg Airport

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Decision necessary because Air National Guard fire department is closing
Battle Creek city officials said Wednesday they will provide fire service at W.K. Kellogg Airport even after the Michigan Air National Guard closes the base fire department. "There will be fire service at W.K. Kellogg Airport," said Larry Bowron, city transportation director. "That is not something we are willing to give up."