2011-12-22 / Front Page

Lesley resigns from Council

BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647  abraniecki@mihomepaper.com

GRAND BLANC — The City Council will begin its search for a new council member following the Dec. 14 resignation of Connie Lesley.

First elected to council in 1999, Lesley said she is stepping down from council so she can spend more time with her growing family, which includes two great-grandsons, and to have more time to focus on things she wants to do.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve,” Lesley said. “It’s been a joy to work with such a wonderful council...we’ve accomplished so many things.”

During her 12 years on council, Lesley has served on the finance, public works, personnel and legal and legislative committees. In November, she was appointed to chair the finance and legal and legislative committees.

“I know whoever gets my place is going to do a great job,” Lesley said.

Lesley’s resignation will be effective Jan. 25.

Mayor Sue Soderstrom said she has appreciated Lesley’s help and guidance over the years stating her presence from the council will be one that is sorely missed.

“Connie and I came onto the board at the same time,” Soderstrom said. “It was nice. It was the first time there were two women on the council and it has been an honor and a pleasure for me. I will miss (Lesley) being here.”

According to the city’s charter, Soderstrom said it is up to the council’s to fill the vacancy and urged that the process begin immediately.

“I am recommending that applications are taken for the open council seat as soon as possible,” Soderstrom said.

Council voted to place an advertisement in the newspaper and on its website for the open position. Those interested are asked to send a letter of intent, resume and completed application to Clerk Beth Smith at City Hall, located at 203 E. Grand Blanc Rd., no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 9.

Once all applications have been received, council will review the list of candidates and set up interviews for its top candidates. The new council member is scheduled to be appointed at the council’s 7 p.m. meeting on Jan. 25.

For more information or to download the application, visit www.cityofgrandblanc.com.

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