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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

Public discusses chief search

Terry McGinn from Career Directions, the Ann Arbor firm hired to spearhead the search for a new police chief, speaks with an audience member after the public forum held Tuesday. Photo by Dan DuChene

Terry McGinn from Career Directions, the Ann Arbor firm hired to spearhead the search for a new police chief, speaks with an audience member after the public forum held Tuesday.

Forum held on YPD candidate selection process

By Dan DuChene
Aug. 26, 2009    ·    10:39 a.m.

The word of the night was “local” at Tuesday’s public forum held to kick-off a search to find a new police chief in Ypsilanti.

Two dozen people were gathered at City Hall to ask questions of Terry McGinn from Career Directions, the Ann Arbor firm hired to spearhead the search.

City Manager Ed Koryzno said he hopes to have the position filled by January. It was vacated when Matt Harshberger, former Ypsilanti police chief, left to take a similar position in Pittsfield Township in May.

One of the items people in the audience took issue with was the advisory committee Koryzno assembled to take on the search with help from McGinn.

The five-member 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.

“I don’t see anybody here that has roots here,” a local business owner in the audience said. “This is very upsetting to me.”

The audience member suggested more local religious officials, business owners and residents should sit on the committee.

Koryzno said he had chosen the committee members based on their credentials in the city and public safety experience. He pointed out O’Dell and Barnett would be working closely with the city’s new chief. He said Scott currently works in a municipality with similar financial constraints as Ypsilanti.

He said McGrath is the city’s human resources director and Johnson is a city resident who is active with a resident-run organization that regularly deals with the department.

The committee consists of two minority members and two females.

“I understand your concern,” Koryzno said to the audience member. “The committee has been selected.”

Three City Council members brought up concerns with Koryzno’s answer for the community members.

“Because you say it, don’t make it so,” Mayor Pro-tem Trudy Swanson, D-Ward 1, said. “Go back and consider people from the community.”

Councilmember Lois Richardson, D-Ward 1, said there has been a tear between police and the people of her ward. She said she would like to have people on the committee that “reflect the feelings that are going on in the neighborhood.”

Councilmember Michael Bodary, D-Ward 2, suggested a second committee to handle the human interest qualifications of the new chief. He said the additional committee be made up of community members, and deal with questions that deal with character and empathy.

After the meeting, Koryzno said he would discuss more community involvement in the search with McGinn. However, he said it could push back the goal for getting a new chief hired.

He said the search will have to balance transparency for city residents with confidentiality for the search candidates.

Several audience members also suggested giving more weight to internal candidates for chief.

While McGinn did say being an internal candidate might help with landing the position, he said he didn’t want to make any type of specific weight or guideline.

“I think it’s a plus,” he said. “Just being an internal candidate isn’t an automatic anything.”

McGinn said, “I want to stay open for almost everything.”

McGinn said the process will begin when he goes through submitted applications and creates a short list of candidates for the committee’s consideration.

He said he would be basing his list narrowing on six basic competencies and three administrative experiences.

Three of the competencies deal with leadership. He 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.

McGinn said the candidate must have at least 10 years of experience. Koryzno said possessing a bachelor’s degree is preferred. He said the city will advertise the position in southeastern Michigan markets.

After McGinn creates the short list, he said he will have to defend his process and selection to the search committee. The committee will then make a recommendation from the candidates to Koryzno, who has final say in the hire according to the city charter.

Tuesday night was the only public forum scheduled for the search. City Council will be given a similar presentation at its regular meeting Sept. 1.

Related stories:
City schedules police chief forum
City begins search for new Ypsi police chief
Chief Harshberger lands job in Pittsfield Twp.


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