local government

6:44 am
Fri February 7, 2014

New City Manager Named for Benton Harbor

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Emergency Manager Tony Saunders II says the city's return to local control will come "soon," but he has not given a date
BENTON HARBOR - Darwin Watson was named Benton Harbor's city manager Thursday by Emergency Manager Tony Saunders II. Saunders further named Marja Winters, a Detroit native, as assistant city manager/community and economic development director. She will take the place of Nicole Rodden-Bowen, who took a job in Philadelphia.
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.
2:58 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Vicksburg could use two bond sales to address financial difficulties

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The Village is also looking at making cuts up to $300,000 of a $1.4-million budget
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI - The village of Vicksburg is hoping that two bond sales will help right its shaky budget and put its finances in order. Faced with $3.6 million in debt, but cleared by the state to deal with its deficit, the village expects to issue two bonds that will help refinance old debts, make need infrastructure improvements and maybe spark some development that in turn would bring in more tax revenue to the village.
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.