Local Government

"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)

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)

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