From Carson City management to Bible college

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:03 pm on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mark Borden

CARSON CITY — This city’s administrator is taking his business and financial acumen to a Bible college out east.

Carson City Administrator Mark Borden submitted his resignation to Mayor Bruce Tasker on May 16, effective May 30. The Carson City Council accepted Borden’s resignation at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Borden has accepted the position of vice president for business and finance at Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pa., just outside of Scranton. Borden first learned about the job from Mike McAlvey, a firefighter and rental inspector of Carson City, who graduated from that same college.

“While I certainly wasn’t looking for a job in Pennsylvania, I did take the time to read through the job description and I realized that I met 99 percent of the requirements they were seeking,” Borden stated in his resignation letter. “I am fully convinced that God has directed me to apply for and accept the job in Pennsylvania.”

Baptist Bible College & Seminary is a private college founded in 1932 with about 1,000 students currently enrolled.

Borden was originally hired as Carson City administrator in 2008.

Mayor Bruce Tasker said Borden was instrumental in obtaining two major grants for Carson City — a $90,000 grant for a trail connecting city parks from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and, more recently, a $610,000 stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Tasker said Borden also helped in the city’s hiring of a police chief, which, in turn, led to a beneficial partnership between the city’s police department and Carson City Hospital.

“He’s done a good job for us,” Tasker said. “He’s been real community minded. He’s always welcomed members of the community in for discussion and it turned out real positive for us.”

Tasker said the city’s personnel committee plans to meet Friday to start discussing the process of hiring a new city manager.

Borden said during the city’s time of transition between managers, he plans to return to Carson City every other weekend and said he will be happy to help with the process of selecting and working with the next city manager.

“Life is good in Carson City and my family and I will always consider this to be our home,” Borden stated in his resignation letter. “I can’t thank all of you enough for the good times we have shared as we worked together these last six years to keep Carson City financially sound and structurally secure.”

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