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Troy City Council Calls Special Meeting on Mayoral Replacement Procedure

Council will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Troy City Hall.

Troy City Council will meet this Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the council boardroom at Troy City Hall to review and discuss "the conflicting requirements of the Troy Charter and State Election Law regarding the appointment of a replacement of the Mayor position and the process to fill that position's remaining term (until November 2015)."

The purpose of the meeting is also "to discuss and determine whether an alternate course of action needs to be pursued."

In a letter sent Friday to Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm, state Director of Elections Christopher Thomas writes: "It is the position of the Bureau of Elections that the City is required to conduct a special election to fill the vacancy on Feb. 26, 2013."

However, Attorney Bluhm said having a special election so soon would violate City Charter, which requires potential candidates to file a petition signed by at least 60 registered electors of the City "on or before 4 o’clock p.m. of the one hundredth (100th) day preceding the next election," according to the Charter.

“We are not comfortable having a February election because that would require us to violate some of our charter provisions," Bluhm said. "It's not enough notice."

The meeting was called at the request of councilmen Wade Fleming and Dave Henderson.

On Nov. 12, council chose Acting Mayor Dane Slater to serve as mayor until the Nov. 5, 2013, city election after Janice Daniels was recalled Nov. 6. Councilwoman Maureen McGinnis and Councilman Wade Fleming also expressed interest in the position.

Council has not yet voted on the resolution to officially appoint Slater mayor for the next year, though the city is currently accepting applications for the open city council seat that would be left vacant by Slater.

Editor's Note: The third and fourth paragraphs were added Monday night.

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Sharon November 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This is a fake issue to get you to write what you wrote above. The only people going out of their way to have an expensive special election are Bob Gosselin, Dan Brake, Dane Fleming, Dave henderson and all the other allegedly "fiscally responsible" lovers of small government. Ha!
Sharon November 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
This is the old canard JD and her buds were peddling 2 years ago. It wasn't true then and it's not true now. Maybe you could check the facts?
Sharon November 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Fleming put forward a resolution to have the attorney general offer a binding opinion to decide Troy's fate. Of course, attorney's general can't do that. I was hoping one of our fiscal conservative, small government councilmen would say, 'Hey, that doesn't make sense!" But they voted yes and the other three voted no and so the resolution failed. But that didn't stop friends of Janice Daniels Dan Brake, Bob Gosselin, Glenn Clark and the rest to stage a "press conference" about city malfeasance. Just like always. Only difference now is that instead of gunning for Szerlag they're gunning for Lori Bluhm. Oh, and of course the goal is to attempt to make the recall vote look illegitimate. It's a whole lotta no story here, folks!
Sharon November 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
By the way, the Oakland County Clerk's office also agreed with Bluhm on the election for mayor. And if someone is to blame...how about the SOS for giving their opinion weeks after the election and after the deadline to get a February election in motion. Duh!
Anonymous November 22, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Add health care benefits and the retiree pension is between 80-90% of their pay. The ads I've seen posted for open city positions are certainly not at reduced salary ranges; that's just what the HR Director wants the residents to believe.

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