BELDING — In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, members of the Belding City Council elected to remove the interim tag and promote Bruce Brown as the community’s new city manager.
According to Mayor Ron Gunderson, the city was required to have a new city manager in place 90 days after the termination of previous city manager Meg Mullendore on Jan. 20.
By promoting Brown Tuesday, the council met the deadline by two days.
Brown will carry out the remainder of his six-month contract until it expires on Aug. 23.
Prior to the end of his contract, Brown has requested an evaluation from the council. At that time, the council and Brown will discuss either extending his contract with the city or pursuing a search for another city manager through the Michigan Municipal League.
Brown stated Tuesday evening that he has no problem staying on as city manager beyond six months if that were to be the wish of the council.
No other city business was conducted at Tuesday’s meeting, and a closed session meeting to discuss a lawsuit filed by Mullendore against the city was moved to today to fit the city attorney’s schedule.