Note:Â Scroll down to see a short video clip of Council-member Woods and her promise if elected mayor to appoint top city officials who live in the city.
Lansing City Council-member Carol Wood says about half of Mayor Virg Bernero’s department heads and top staff live outside the city.Â She says that leaves those upper echelon employees without a vested interest in city issues.
She raises the question as city voters get ready to cast their ballots next Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the polls to select a mayor, for either the incumbent Bernero or her, a ten-year veteran on the city council.
In expressing her concerns about city department heads not living inside city limits, Wood promises that if she is elected she will appoint qualified people who live where they work.Â She emphasized the large number of qualified persons who live here.
During the televised city council meetings, many of the comments from the public have centered around Bernero cabinet members who live in outlying areas and who don’t experience daily city life and its challenges.
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