Kalamazoo City Manager

6:09 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Kalamazoo City Manager Ken Collard's last day on job will be November 11th

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Collard is taking advantage of early retirement for city workers
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo City Manager Kenneth Collard's last day in his position will be Nov. 11. That evening is set to be the first meeting for incoming city manager Jim Ritsema. It also will serve as the swearing-in for the new Kalamazoo City Commission after the Nov. 5 election.
6:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo's next city manager prepares for transition

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Jim Ritsema anticipates some overlap with Ken Collard who retires early next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I think people realize this was a great opportunity for me and were fully supportive," Ritsema said of the community reaction. "I'll miss Battle Creek and I know a lot of folks will miss me, but it's not like I'm going across the country. I'll be 20 miles away."
6:55 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Assistant Battle Creek city manager picked as new Kalamazoo City Manager

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Emily Monacelli

Kalamazoo City Commissioners have unanimously voted to offer the city manager's job to Assistant Battle Creek City Manager Jim Ritsema. 

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9:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Battle Creek administrator picked for Kalamazoo City Manager

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Contract will be brought to commission for approval October 21st
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
In an interview with city commissioners last week, Ritsema said his top priorities if hired would be working with staff to deal with the $3.5 million budget deficit for next year and the longer term liabilities that exist.
6:36 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kalamazoo City Manager candidates to be interviewed by City Commission Friday

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Finalists made presentations and answered questions on Thursday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Four candidates competing to replace retiring Kalamazoo City Manager Kenneth Collard told about 50 community members reasons why they want to be Kalamazoo's next city manager and answered questions posed to them by attendees on Thursday.