Local Government

Commissioner Jeff Domenico violated the ethics code, but he's accused his colleagues of doing the same. The Ward 5 representative said the Battle Creek City Commission also violated the Open Meetings Act and the Michigan and U.S. constitutions when it unanimously voted during a public hearing Tuesday that Domenico did not follow two sections of the ethics policy. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Battle Creek city commissioners said Jeff Domenico publicly attacked the police department and its leadership in a way that violated the ethics code they sign when taking office. Then they voted to give him the same punishment that he's already received twice — a verbal reprimand in a private setting." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico faces a public hearing Tuesday on charges he violated the commission ethics code, but the Ward 5 representative said he's already been convicted by his colleagues. "We want to suppress the conversation about the issues they have in our city because they just don't want to deal with it," Domenico said Sunday." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Consultants say the city of Battle Creek could improve its response times to fires — if it had fewer stations. A study conducted by Cincinnati-based firms Kramer and Associates Group and MSA Architects concluded that five stations — one of which would be located in a central location and serve as a headquarters — would increase the coverage area where crews could meet four-minute response times." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners have selected three finalists to interview for the vacant Kalamazoo County administrator position. The finalists were announced Tuesday afternoon following a special county board meeting Monday night where commissioners narrowed their candidate pool from 12 applicants to three." (Kalamazoo Gazette)