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Council Chooses Dane Slater to Serve as Troy Mayor Until November 2013

Council will vote to approve Slater's appointment at its Nov. 26 regular meeting; he will serve as mayor until the Nov. 5, 2013 city election.

After spending more than an hour deadlocked in a study session Monday evening, the six remaining members of Troy City Council finally chose to keep Acting Mayor Dane Slater as mayor until the Nov. 5, 2013 city election.

Slater will replace former mayor Janice Daniels, who was recalled by a 52 percent majority vote on Tuesday.

Each of the six council members voted for two of the three council members who had expressed interest in the position – Councilwoman Maureen McGinnis, Councilman Wade Fleming and Acting Mayor Dane Slater – with Slater garnering six of the 12 total votes. McGinnis and Fleming each received three votes.

Council will vote on the resolution officially appointing Slater as mayor until November 2013 at the Nov. 26 City Council meeting. Council will also likely appoint Wade Fleming as Mayor Pro Tem at the same meeting.

Council used the same voting tactic to choose incoming Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick, who assumes his new role next week.

However, Monday's choice was not without contention, despite several council members' earlier call to work together.

"I don't see a way to break a 3-to-3 discussion," Henderson said as it became clear half of council would vote for McGinnis while the other half would vote for Fleming.

"Mathematically, don't kid ourselves," Fleming said, referring to Slater's suggestion that everyone vote for two out of the three interested candidates. "This is a set-up."

"This isn't a setup – this is the way we did it before," Slater said. "I really take offense to the word set-up. I really take offense to that."

During the deadlock, Councilman Doug Tietz suggested putting the three names in a hat and pulling out a winner, though some council members said they felt they owed it to residents to come to an agreement.

"I don't want it that bad," McGinnis said. "I'm not going to make a mockery of it to have my name out there."

"This is exactly what people didn't want to see," Councilman Jim Campbell said. "We've reached a pinnacle. ... It's our job to do this, and we've failed to do it."

Council members finally agreed to cast two votes each, ultimately choosing Slater to serve as mayor for the next year. His appointment as mayor will be contingent upon the acceptance of his city council resignation, City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm said.

Before council chose him as Daniels' successor for the next year, Slater was named Mayor Pro Tem and sworn in as Acting Troy Mayor at the beginning of the Monday evening Troy City Council meeting as part of the annual mayor pro tem rotation, which happens each November. He replaced McGinnis, who was sworn in as acting mayor on Friday and served just three days as mayor.

Council will now proceed with the process of appointing a replacement council member to fill Slater's soon-to-be-vacant seat. More information about the process and deadline to apply for the position will be released soon, Bluhm said Monday.

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S.L. Gross November 16, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Guys, why are we bandying around the words "conservative" and "liberal?" Do liberals and conservatives have different viewpoints on garbage collection, snow removal and the like? One of the complaints about Janice was that she brought her personal and political ideology into the spotlight. I want my mayor to keep his/her ideology to themselves. I care about safe streets, garbage pickup, etc. Instead of trying to turn this into a partisan issue, Dale, can't we just work toward picking a mayor in a year who is pro-Troy and its people? Who doesn't try to force federal issues on our local populace? I have no knowledge if Mayor Slator is Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative. And let's keep it like that.
S.L. Gross November 16, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Sorry, "Slater," not "Slator."
Dale Murrish November 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
That’s a thoughtful question, S.L. I got the roughly same comment about garbage pickup and snow plowing from a candidate last November who did not get my vote. As a social conservative, I start with candidates who are pro-life if available, since many on city council eventually run for state representative, where it is an issue. I realize that’s not an important issue for everyone and some have the opposite views and vote accordingly, but the sanctity of human life is a good starting point for me. I also like to vote for fiscal conservatives who look for creative solutions to funding issues rather than raising taxes. In particular, I oppose having a tax for every purpose. It’s a recipe for bigger government, since budgets must be balanced and it gives less flexibility. As a social and fiscal conservative, I try to find candidates who think along those lines for local offices as well as state and national ones.
Dale Murrish November 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I only asked Glenn what his profession was because all I know about him is his first name and that he likes to argue. Like some of my other critics, he seems to be more interested in arguing than in solving problems, which is what I’ve done for a living for about 30 years. When all you know of someone is a name on-line, it’s helpful to know more about them before engaging in dialogue. We all have limited time on this planet. Someone once asked what makes me a transportation expert to oppose the transit center when all I do is design transmission parts (like that somehow disqualifies me from having a valid opinion on other topics). They had only misread part of my Patch bio which deals with that issue – common sense solutions to problems. Actually, I’ve worked on engines my entire career and don’t know much about transmissions. I did work in a transmission plant at Caterpillar as a UAW worker, but that was cut short by a divisive strike and would make an interesting blog article by itself.
Dale Murrish November 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Hi, John. We didn’t come to agreement on most of the topics we discussed Monday. But I enjoyed our conversation, and we did find a lot of common ground for further dialogue. We both care a lot about our community, just have different ideas about the best way to accomplish the good things with both want for it.

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