local government

9:43 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Portage City Council Approves Three Year Contract With New City Manager

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Larry Shaffer will be paid a base salary of $130,000
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage City Manager Larry Shaffer has a three-year contract, ending the city's eight-month search for its administrative leader. Shaffer by a 5-2 vote was awarded the contract Tuesday after the Portage City Council took nearly a month to hone the pact.
6:15 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Kalamazoo County Did Not Have to Award Severance to Former Administrator

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Commissioners say agreement was appropriate for Peter Battani's accomplishments with the county
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Former Kalamazoo County Administrator Peter Battani walked away from his job with a severance package that awarded him six months pay, but his employer wasn't obligated to give him such a warm sendoff, according to his employment agreement.
7:26 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Will Discuss Vacancy at Meeting In December

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Commissioners have 30 days to fill a vacancy
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Members of the Kalamazoo City Commission likely will discuss in earnest the process of filling Commissioner Stephanie Moore's seat at their Dec. 1 meeting. Moore, who won election Nov. 4 to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners, will occupy her city commission seat until Jan. 1, 2015.
6:25 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Report Finds City of Saint Joseph Public Works Department Understaffed

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Report recommends several positions be filled
ST. JOSEPH - St. Joseph's public works department - responsible for everything from maintaining streets and water and sewer lines to plowing snow and picking up trash and leaves - is understaffed, disorganized and inefficient, according to a consultant's report.
7:16 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Battle Creek Unlimited President Discusses Accomplishments and Future With City Commissioners

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Economic development agency is seeking new CEO and considering structural changes
Battle Creek Unlimited's veteran leader had a clear message: It has been a pioneer in economic development, and despite uncertainties, it will be effective and beneficial for the city's future. "The relationship that we have enjoyed with the city going forward through the years has been, I think, mutually rewarding for both of us," BCU Interim President and CEO Jim Hettinger said Thursday night..

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