City of Kalamazoo

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will keep that job for another two years. He got 6,028 votes to defeat two write-in challengers in Tuesday's election. City commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban won new four-year terms. And Eric Cunningham will rejoin the Kalamazoo City Commission, winning his first full term. Cunningham first served after he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2015 but failed to win the election later that year.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Kalamazoo will get its first female public safety chief later this month.

City officials say current Chief Jeff Hadley is leaving to become head of the Chatham County Police Department in Georgia. He'll be replaced by Karianne Thomas, who's now deputy chief of Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Supporters of consolidated dispatch in Kalamazoo appear to have solved their funding problem, making it possible to launch a unified service after years of discussion and a false start or two.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Bad credit score? A history of bouncing checks? All are welcomed in the doors at Community Promise Federal Credit Union in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood, but you won't leave the same.

In exchange for affordably-priced loans, for example, customers must submit to financial counseling as well as turn in a household budget.

Officials say their strategies are helping this non-profit bank, which is nearing the five-year mark, be successful in its mission of reversing the challenged financial pasts of low-to-moderate-income people.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City Commission also heard an update on a program that seeks to reduce violence by reaching out to street gang members.

The Kalamazoo City Commission has set an important rule for the endowment it wants to create. Commissioners voted 5 to 2 last night to allow restricted gifts to its planned Foundation for Excellence. That means donors can give money for specific projects.

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