Pete Strazdas

11:37 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Portage Picks Deputy Acting City Manager

Members of the Portage City Council discuss the search for a permanent city manager.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City of Portage will go at least a couple of weeks without an acting city manager when Maurice Evans retires April 1. 

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8:42 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Portage to Take Applications for Acting City Manager

Portage council members discuss the city's need for an acting city manager.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council has voted to seek applications for acting city manager. That means it’s all but certain the position will not be filled when current city manager Maurice Evans retires April first.

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9:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Portage Council Sets Meeting on Appointment of Acting City Manager

Deputy City Manager Brian Bowling at the March 11 Portage City Council Meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council will hold a special meeting next week to consider the appointment of an acting city manager. Current Portage manager Maurice Evans will retire on April first, and by law the city must appoint a successor within 30 days.

Mayor Pete Strazdas has recommended the appointment of current deputy city manager Brian Bowling. Several council members said they need more time to consider the proposal.

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11:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Portage Council Considers Next Steps in City Manager Search

Maurice Evans, left, listens to a citizen comment at the Portage City Council's Feb. 11, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

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9:45 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Strazdas to run for re-election as Portage Mayor

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Strazdas has been mayor for eight years after four years on the Portage City Council
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - He still has the energy, the support of his family and colleagues and a vision of better things to come for his city. Those are some of the reasons four-term Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas will seek a fifth term in the November elections.