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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Finalists named for Ypsilanti police chief

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Two of six candidates internal from YPD

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 2, 2009    ·    5:17 p.m.

City Manager Ed Koryzno announced six finalists for the open chief position at the Ypsilanti Police Department.

Two of the candidates, lieutenants Amy Walker and Craig Annas, are internal YPD candidates. The four remaining candidates are from other southeastern Michigan cities.

The other candidates are retired Detroit Police Lieutenant Roy McCallister Jr., Port Huron Police Chief Donald Porret, Westland Police Chief James Ridener and Flat Rock Police Chief Neal Rossow.

Koryzno’s announcement, made in a press release issued this evening, comes after a screening process conducted by Terry McGinn from Career Directions, the Ann Arbor firm hired to spearhead the search.

The list of six candidates was narrowed down from 27 applications received by the city before the October deadline. McGinn used six competencies discussed in a public forum and by City Council in August and September respectively.

Three of the competencies deal with leadership. McGinn said those are character, direction setting and influence. The other competencies include community policing orientation, diversity orientation and the development of subordinates.

The three administrative experiences are budgeting, labor relations and interaction with the public.

In his release, Koryzno said the candidates will be interviewed Friday at City Hall. Two different committees appointed by Koryzno, who has the charter authority to hire the chief, will be conducting separate interviews.

The first committee, which Koryzno had initially established as the only advisory committee, consists of Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones, Eastern Michigan University Public Safety Director Greg O’Dell, Garden City Police Chief Kim Scott, Ypsilanti Administrative Services Director April McGrath and Community Policing Action Council President Rod Johnson.

The committee will also review McGinn’s selection criteria.

The second committee, established after feedback from the public hearing held in August, consists of local business owner Karen Mauer, Ypsilanti Housing Commission Vice President Deborah Strong, Sharon Newton-Glen – from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Glen Sard – from the Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission and Gateway Community Council Chair Victoria James.

The second committee will discuss human-interest qualifications of the candidates.

Once a recommendation is received from the interview process, Koryzno hopes to make a selection for the position by next week.

“After a conditional offer has been accepted, and a successful background investigation has been completed, a new police chief will be announced,” Koryzno said in his release today.

The release said Koyzno is “hopeful the new chief will begin shortly after the holidays.”

The position became vacant after Matthew Harshberger, who left his position as YPD chief in May to take a similar position in Pittsfield Township.

Editor’s Note: This story updates a press release that ran as soon as it was received by the Citizen. The article contains more background information and details about the search for a new police chief. Please stay with the Citizen as information develops in this story.

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