Local Government

"OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees largely put the issue of starting its own police department to bed during a more than three-hour meeting Tuesday, with members electing instead to resume negotiations with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's office to continue to provide the township's law enforcement needs." (Kalamazoo Gazette)


When Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico was the subject of an ethics hearing he walked out just as the meeting began. A week later he argued with fellow commissioners while the meeting was being adjourned. 

"Commissioner Jeff Domenico argued at length with his fellow elected officials until he couldn’t anymore — as he continued to talk, a motion was made and the meeting was adjourned." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — Two men vying for the job of Kalamazoo County administrator stated their cases to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Monday. Dave Benda, formerly Grand Traverse County's administrator/controller, and Jeffrey Davis, who has spent 29 years as a naval officer, met with the board during hour-long interviews. Deputy County Administrator John Faul said the board likely will start deliberations at a meeting on Tuesday, July 7." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo County residents and business owners will see a new tax on their monthly phone bills starting July 1 when a countywide phone surcharge to support 911 dispatch services goes into effect." (Kalamazoo Gazette)